Action Phase 1: Convene
Convene key community leaders and members to understand dementia and its implications for your community. Then, form an Action Team. This phase consists of four key steps.
Step 1: Determine Community Readiness
Convene an initial meeting of community members who are interested in discussing the impacts of dementia on your community. Determine whether your community is ready for the broad effort and work involved in becoming dementia friendly.
When ready, schedule one or several informational meetings to begin building your Action Team. Have team members identify and invite key stakeholders and leaders who represent a variety of community sectors, including people with dementia and their family caregivers as well as diverse, marginalized and underserved communities*. See Action Team diagram below.
Initial Meeting Agenda
Dementia-Friendly Community Overview
Community Readiness Questionnaire
Building Your Action Team offers guidance on how to establish your action team
Invitation to Join Action Team
Toolkit Overview - Video
*Diverse, marginalized and underserved communities include those that experience inequities because of their race, ethnicity, culture, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, intellectual or physical abilities, hearing or other sensory differences, and economic status.
Step 2: Build an Action Team
Hold one or several informational meetings to discuss dementia and its impacts, to share information about being dementia friendly, and to ask people to become involved. Have a sign-up for people interested in participating in the effort. Use the List of Contacts Worksheet throughout the four-phase toolkit process to keep track of people who want to be involved.
Hold specific meetings with people who serve diverse, marginalized, and underserved populations to promote ethnic and cultural awareness and to better understand the health disparities of Alzheimer’s.
Step 3: Host a Community Meeting
Host a community meeting to publicly announce your work underway to become a dementia-friendly community. Share information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and the demographics of dementia in your community, explain the action/process steps, and announce your team members. Have a sign-up for people interested in participating in the effort.
If you don’t hold a community meeting, be sure to choose other ways to inform the public about the work underway.
Announcement of Community Meeting: Template
Know the 10 Signs, Infographic
Demographics of Dementia in Your Community
Is Your Community Prepared flyer
Toolkit Overview Video
Sign-Up for those interested in participating in the effort
News Release Informing Community of Dementia Friendly Work Underway: Template
Step 4: Hold an Action Team Meeting
Hold your first Action Team meeting and discuss the toolkit process for becoming dementia-friendly. Review the demographics of dementia in your community. Provide an overview of the workplan, timeline and projected expenses for Phases 1 - 3. Ask team members to think about how they would like to be involved, such as the community assessment team or the community event team.