Putting an end to Alzheimer's disease by 2020: It's the mission of US Against Alzheimer's, an organization that the Assisted Living Federation of America has partnered with to create a more dementia-friendly nation.
The initiative is called Dementia Friendly America, and it aims to formalize efforts in cities, states and counties to include "informed, safe and respected neighborhoods for people with dementia and their families," according to a press release. The initiative is also supported by organizations such as AARP, Alzheimer's Association, CVS/Caremark and others.
"Becoming dementia friendly must be a priority for all of our hometowns in order to remove stigma, enable people with Alzheimer’s to come out of the shadows and engage in their communities, and help families effectively manage all that comes with the critical task of caregiving," said US Against Alzheimer’s founder George Vradenburg in a press release. "This hometown Dementia Friendly America Initiative sends a message to American families experiencing dementia: 'You are not alone, we are your neighbors, we care about you and we want to help.'"