Join the Dementia Friendly Mesa Movement
It’s a BIG project that only asks for a small commitment
Find Dementia Training & Support for Your:
Make your business designated dementia friendly. Receive a window decal & digital badge.
Become an advocate for those with dementia and receive a certificate as a Dementia Friend.
Find community with others on the dementia journey at the Mesa Memory Cafés.
Dementia Friends Arizona is an organization dedicated to bringing understanding and support to people with memory loss. Through Dementia Friends Arizona, individuals can become more compassionate and change their perspective on dementia and memory loss. This is done through free one hour sessions at various dates and locations.
Arizona is the
for dementia and Alzheimer’s
150,000+ Arizonians have Alzheimer’s. This is estimated to increase 33.3% in the next 5 yrs
Half the people who have Alzheimer’s will never get a diagnosis
Over 1 in 14 seniors aged 65+ will be diagnosed with dementia
1 in 4 workers aged 25+ are caregivers for a senior with Alzheimer’s
Become a Dementia Friend? YES!
Dementia Friends Arizona encourages everyone to join this global movement and transform how you think, act, and talk about memory loss. By becoming a Dementia Friend, you’ll gain a critical understanding of dementia, its common types, and how you can turn that understanding into action.
After participating in a one-hour session, you can become a Dementia Friend in your community. This session will provide you with a change in perspective, a deeper sense of compassion, and the tools necessary to make a difference for the people living with memory loss that you encounter in your future.
Anyone can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in making Mesa a dementia friendly! From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts.
Ready to get started? Simply choose a date and register for a free training, here:
As the 35th largest city in the United States, Mesa has a population of over 518,000 – with over 17% of that populace aged 65 or older. By 2025, Arizona is poised to have the fastest growth rate of Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the country.
Due to the increasing number of local residents living with the impacts of this disease, it’s imperative to involve and educate the community to support those affected by dementia.
The City of Mesa, in collaboration with partner businesses and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, have become “Dementia Friendly Certified” through Dementia Friendly America, in order to prepare our community with the resources; support; and education needed to create a safe and engaging community.
Mesa is committed to building a dementia friendly community through education, understanding, and engagement in the Dementia Friendly Mesa program. Our ongoing programming will include Memory Cafés, Community Outreach, First Responders Education, a business designation program, and Dementia Friends Information Sessions.
How to Become a Dementia Friendly Designated Business
Ready to get started? Click below to fill out the commitment application.
- Learn what dementia is
- Recognize signs and risks of dementia
- Learn tips for communicating, interacting and supporting people with dementia
- Become connected with local resources
- Learn tips and create a plan for creating dementia friendly physical space
- Support for your employees who are impacted by dementia
4 Steps to Dementia Friendly:
Step 1 Contact Us
Step 2 Dementia Friendly Training
Step 3 Implement Dementia Friendly Checklist and submit application.
Step 4 You Did It! (Receive your dementia friendly decal, poster, and electronic logo)
Businesses can make a big difference for people with dementia and their caregivers by making a commitment to be more dementia friendly. You can support Dementia Friendly Mesa by creating a dementia friendly environment at your business.
The Mesa Chamber has created a special designation for businesses who are willing to go the extra mile to create a Dementia Friendly Environment. Join us in becoming a Dementia Friendly Business
10 Signs of Alzheimer’s:
The Most Common Form of Dementia
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
If you or someone you care about are showing any of these signs you should ask others you trust if they are seeing these changes and schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialist (neurologist, geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician)
“Dementia Untangled” brings prominent experts together to help caregivers learn ways to better navigate their complicated roles and provide informed care to their loved ones.
Co-Hosted by Heather Mulder and Janice Greeno, and produced by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute (designated as Centers of Excellence by Banner Health for the care, support and research of memory disorders).
Each episode creates a unique environment to untangle the complex world of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The expert guests offer innovative ideas, practical strategies and proven methods to guide caregivers along a supportive path. To listen and subscribe to “Dementia Untangled”: CLICK HERE
Brain Health Check-In:
Call 623-832-5747 for a free appointment
Tools for Building Resilient Caregivers:
Learn strategies to help you cope if a loved one has dementia.
Medical Marijuana and Dementia:
Dr. Walter Nieri, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, discusses clinical studies on behavioral disorders in general and possibly in dementia-related disorders. Hear KJZZ radio’s follow up story with interviews from a caregiver and an expert in the field of dementia.
The Mesa Memory Café is a free class for the family care partner and the person living with memory impairment.
Join us for a fun, safe, social, and supportive morning. Grab some coffee and a pastry, and then join an engagement activity or a care partner support group. Our team of community partners and dementia experts are here to join you in your dementia journey.
When: Every second and fourth Wednesday of each month (closed major holidays)
Time: 9:30am – 11:00 am
Location: Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E Adobe St, Mesa, AZ 85207
Becoming a Dementia Champion Is Right for Your Business
Take it to the next level and become a Dementia Friends Champion! Your passion will help others uncover their empathy and understanding of how they can impact those affected by memory loss.
Once you become a Dementia Friend, you can join a Champions Training, and become a critical piece of spreading dementia awareness to the community, families, friends and businesses.
Champions are at the forefront of the message – helping others to understand how they can make a difference in the lives of people and families living with dementia, by providing the one hour Dementia Friends training.