The Dementia Friendly Communities social movement is driven by the ever-increasing number of older adults living with dementia, demands on their family care partners, and widely held misbeliefs, fear, and stigma about dementia.  The movement strives to educate and engage all members of the community to support persons living with dementia and their care partners to comfortably participate in desired activities. Iowa GWEP and Csomay Center leaders are collaborating to advance adoption of Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) principles and practices among students (the future generation of practice change leaders), health practitioners, social service providers, and community members.

Brief training materials and links to expert resources are provided in this course to help advance the adoption of Dementia Friendly Community principles and practices by individuals, senior living communities, and villages, towns, and cities throughout Iowa and nationwide.