As people stay health and live longer lives, communities must adapt, helping to support health, ensure access to needed services, and provide support people of all ages. Age-friendly communities, livable communities, communities for all ages, dementia-friendly communities, and other similar efforts work to engage organizations, businesses, individuals, and governments in addressing the built and social environments to help ensure that communities provide good places to grow up and grow older.

Age-Friendly and Livable Community Design Resources

Dementia Friendly Community Resources

  • Dementia Friendly America - Resources, guides, and links to national network of communities and organizations aimed at supporting people with living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon - Oregon’s 2012 plan to improve statewide ability to address the growing impact of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures - Updated annually by the national Alzheimer’s Association, this report provides national data on Alzheimer's disease prevalence, costs, and related caregiving impacts.
  • Healthy Brain Initiative and Roadmap​ - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Road Map identifies roles for state and local public health agencies in addressing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • ACT on Alzheimer’s - Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s website provides tools and resources for engaging nonprofit, governmental, and private partners at the community and state level.
  • Washington State’s Dementia Action Collaborative - Established in 2016 as a public-private partnership to prepare Washington state to address dementia.​
  • Wisconsin's Building Dementia-Friendly Communities – Wisconsin Department of Health Services developed a Toolkit for Building Dementia-Friendly Communities, as well as other resources for community partners.
  • Dementia Australia - Funded by the Australian government, Dementia-Friendly Communities encourages communities and organizations to adopt policies and strategies to support individuals and families impacted by dementia.​​​​​​​​