Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60-80 percent of dementia cases and currently impacts an estimated 610,000 Californians, a number projected to grow to 840,000 by 2025. To help educate the public about having understanding, tolerance, and patience, and to advocate for the growing number of older adults with this disease, the VCAAA launched Dementia Friendly Ventura County (DFVC). The goals of DFVC are:

  • To create a county where persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are valued and respected, feel safe, and their caregivers are supported.
  • To educate and inform all entities that serve the public about the unique needs of this population to better serve and support them.
  • To promote community awareness of the condition and how individuals and businesses can make a positive difference.

VCAAA is one of four organizations in California to be certified by Dementia Friendly America®, an initiative borne out of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to address the national and global epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The following short video — “Small changes help make a dementia friendly community” — from the Alzheimer’s Society shows Mary as she encounters people in her community, and how a little bit of time and consideration for people living with dementia can make all the difference to their daily lives.