Empowering Communities with Dementia Friends Training

Dementia Live® Training Enhances Dementia Friends Education


Dementia affects millions of people worldwide, posing significant challenges for those living with the condition and their caregivers. To address these challenges, organizations like Dementia Friendly America and Dementia Society UK have developed Dementia Friends training programs. These initiatives aim to raise awareness and foster understanding about dementia, creating more supportive and inclusive communities. Complementing these efforts, the Dementia Live training from AGE-u-cate Training Institute enhances comprehension and empathy through experiential learning, making it a powerful addition to the Dementia Friends framework.

Dementia Friends: Building Awareness and Understanding

Dementia Friendly America (DFA) and Dementia Society UK are at the forefront of dementia education and advocacy.Their Dementia Friends programs share a common goal: to transform the way people think, act, and talk about dementia on a global scale. By providing simple, accessible training sessions, these programs educate participants on the basics of dementia, its impact on individuals, and ways to support those affected.

The dementia-friendly approach originated in Japan and was then championed by Alzheimer’s Society in England and Wales. Now adopted by countries around the world, it is capturing the imagination of communities, policymakers, and researchers globally. Recognized in national dementia policies and the WHO Global Action Plan on Dementia, these initiatives promote dignity and respect for all living with dementia. This volunteer-led movement tackles the stigma and discrimination people with dementia can face globally.

Key Components of Dementia Friends Training:

  1. Educational Sessions: Participants learn about the different types of dementia, common symptoms, and the challenges faced by those living with the condition.
  2. Interactive Activities: Engaging activities help participants understand the daily realities of dementia, promoting empathy and awareness.
  3. Action-Oriented: Trainees are encouraged to take simple actions to support people with dementia in their communities, such as being patient in interactions and raising awareness.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends program is the UK’s biggest-ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to educate in an easy and engaging way while encouraging small actions to support those living with the condition.

Dementia Friends Five Key Messages:

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of aging.
  2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory.
  4. It’s possible to live well with dementia.
  5. There is more to the person than the dementia.

To become a Dementia Friend, a person needs to understand these five key messages and commit to at least one action that will make their community a more dementia-inclusive place.

Dementia Live®: Enhancing Empathy Through Experience

The Dementia Live training program from AGE-u-cate Training Institute offers an immersive experience designed to simulate the cognitive and sensory challenges faced by individuals with dementia. This unique approach provides participants with a first-hand understanding of the condition, significantly enhancing their empathy and insight.

Key Features of Dementia Live Training:

  1. Sensory Immersion: Participants use specialized equipment to experience sensory distortions, mimicking the effects of dementia on vision, hearing, and touch.
  2. Cognitive Challenges: Through a series of tasks, participants experience the confusion, frustration, and anxiety that people with dementia often face, leading to deep understanding and empathy building. 
  3. Reflective Debriefing: After the simulation, participants engage in guided discussions to reflect on their experiences and translate them into practical caregiving tools and strategies.

Integrating Dementia Live® with Dementia Friends Training

Combining the educational foundation of Dementia Friends with the experiential insights from Dementia Live creates a comprehensive training approach. Here’s how this integration boosts training comprehension and impact:

  1. Enhanced Understanding: Dementia Friends provides the essential knowledge base, while Dementia Live offers a visceral understanding of the lived experience of dementia. This combination ensures participants grasp both thetheoretical and practical aspects of the condition.
  2. Increased Empathy: The immersive nature of Dementia Live fosters deep empathy, which is reinforced by the awareness and actions promoted in Dementia Friends training. This dual approach encourages more compassionate and effective support for individuals with dementia.
  3. Practical Application: Participants leave with a well-rounded skill set, including both the knowledge to recognize and understand dementia and the empathy to interact thoughtfully and effectively with those affected.


The synergy between Dementia Friends training and the Dementia Live program from AGE-u-cate Training Institute, represents a powerful step forward in dementia education.By combining awareness with experiential learning, these programs equip individuals and communities with the tools to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those living with dementia. This integrated approach not only boosts training comprehension but also fosters a more inclusive, supportive society for everyone.

To learn more about how Dementia Friendly initiatives across the US are integrating Dementia Friends training with AGE-u-cate's Dementia Live program contact us today.  

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