To date, Wisconsin has 2,238 Dementia Friends, 242 Dementia Champions, and 42 Dementia Friends Master Trainers!
Dementia Friends is a global movement to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.
Founded in the United Kingdom, Dementia Friends was brought to Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute in 2018. Dementia Friends Wisconsin is for anyone interested in making a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia.
To become a Dementia Friend:
Participate in a one-hour, no-cost Information Session led by a trained Dementia Friends Champion. Learn the five key messages of dementia, what it’s like to live with dementia, and how to better communicate with someone who has dementia.
As a Dementia Friend, you can turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living with dementia in your community. Your action can be big or small. Every action counts!
To become a Dementia Friends Champion:
Dementia Friends Champions serve as ambassadors for Dementia Friends, leading Information Sessions in their communities. Participate in a no-cost training led by a Dementia Friends Master Trainer to learn how to facilitate Information Sessions in your community. Champions are asked to commit to hosting at least three sessions per year. More information: Champion’s Roles and Responsibilities Handout
After attending the training:
Fill out the Champions Registration Form. Once you complete this brief form, you will see a link to the materials needed to conduct Dementia Friends Information Sessions.
When you schedule an Information Session:
When you schedule a info session or training, please fill out the Event Schedule Form. Once you submit this form, we will be able to add your event to this page and our events calendar. Please complete this form for each session you plan to conduct.
After conducting an Information Session:
Fill out the Dementia Friends Session Report Form. Please complete this form for each Information Session you conduct. Information you report will be provided to Dementia Friends USA.
When you schedule a Champions Training: Fill out the Events Schedule Form. Please complete this form for each training you provide.
After conducting a Champions Training:
Fill out the Training Reporting Form. Please compete this form for each training you conduct.
Master Trainers and Champions by County or Tribe
Click here for a list of Dementia Friends Wisconsin Master Trainers and Champions organized by the county or tribal community in which they are available to hold Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Master Trainers are also available to conduct Champions trainings. For more information please email Kathleen O’Toole Smith.