Presenting a global evidence base

During 2019 the World Dementia Council is leading an international network of organisations to present the global evidence base for the delivery of meaningful Dementia Friendly Initiatives (DFIs). In launching this new project, we have teamed up with charities, businesses, academic research organisations and people affected by dementia to build the narrative on why communities across the world must deliver DFIs.

The project will culminate in a major report in early 2020, presenting a broad and international perspective on which initiatives have the strongest evidence of impact, as well as identifying the questions research still needs to answer. It will map the global impact of various activities for people living with dementia, those who support and care for them, and the benefits for society as a whole.

Dementia will not be tackled by improvements in our health and care systems alone. All our communities, businesses, public and voluntary bodies within them need to become more inclusive, removing the socially imposed barriers affecting people with dementia. That way people will be able to live better with the condition for longer, improving quality of life and reducing the dependence on expensive hospitalization and care home living.


The WDC is proud to be partnering with Alzheimer’s Society (UK), AARP (US), HGPI (Japan), all from nations at the forefront of pioneering dementia friendly initiatives since 2013, and each uniquely placed to bring together policy and evidence from around the world. We are also pleased to be collaborating with ADI, as well as the WHO which is developing a toolkit to provide key support to member nations looking to develop dementia friendly communities.


Call for evidence

Every day, individuals and organisations right across the globe are involved in dementia friendly initiatives. They are at the forefront of the design, provision, delivery and assessment of widely-varying initiatives to help people living with dementia lead better quality lives in the community. Through our international network we are bringing together these individuals and organisations to assess the impact of their work.

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We would like to hear from you. By answering this survey, you will be contributing to the report. Please take this as an opportunity to champion your work and help us promote activities for people affected by dementia.

This survey is not designed for people with dementia. We would encourage respondents to engage appropriately with people affected by dementia to gather their responses. We will be engaging with people with dementia through a separate questionnaire and face-to-face interviews to ensure their views and priorities are included in the report.

Please return completed surveys and any accompanying evidence by 30 September 2019

All published reports or academic research will contribute to the report’s findings and where appropriate, will be credited to the authors. All evaluation and impact evidence will be anonymised and grouped into countries or regions. All contributions will be treated in confidence.

Responses will only be used as evidence for this report. For more on how we will process and use your personal information, please see our fair processing statement here.


Satellite event at AAIC19, Los Angeles

As part of our ongoing review project, the WDC is co-hosting an AAIC19 satellite event with AARP to discuss the evidence base for delivering meaningful dementia friendly initiatives. The event will bring together stakeholders from across the world to discuss how dementia friendly programs are simultaneously seeking to change society whilst providing support for people with dementia.

Find out more and register your interest.


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