Dementia Friendly America Network Continues to Grow

North Carolina's Dementia Capable Cary (DCC) has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities. With a mission to empower, educate and engage individuals with dementia, their families and caregivers, DCC is also working with businesses to create a community that is ready and willing to serve those with dementia and their families.

Dementia Capable Cary has several goals, including to:
  1. Revolutionize the way Cary views dementia and caregiving,
  2. Develop a safe, well-supported, and respectful environment for Cary's older adults and families,
  3. Offer dementia-friendly certification and training for Cary and surrounding area businesses,
  4. provide resources and support to older adults and their families navigating the aging journey, and
  5. create synergistic partnership among the business sector, individuals, town entities and faith communities that promotes cooperation to achieve common goals for [their] growing number of senior adults.
Dementia Capable Cary has already seen success, including a partnership with the local police department that has resulted in training and an initiative to support people living at home, a Senior Resource Guide, and a dementia-friendly business program.
Visit to learn how you can make your community dementia-friendly, or contact Meredith Hanley, Director, Community Capacity Building, n4a, 202.872.0888 or



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