We believe that a key outcome for persons living with dementia should not stop at dementia awareness or a dementia-friendly society, but the inclusion of persons living with dementia.
Dementia-Awareness, -Friendliness, & -Inclusiveness
A society can take steps towards dementia inclusion by first becoming aware of this condition and the issues surrounding it (dementia-awareness).
The society can take action to ensure that its physical and social environment is adjusted to suit the needs of persons impacted by dementia (dementia-friendliness).
Lastly, it can embrace persons who are affected by dementia to ensure that they are not left behind (dementia-inclusiveness).
Though dementia-awareness, dementia-friendliness, and dementia-inclusiveness can develop in a society in that sequence (awareness before friendliness, and friendliness before inclusiveness, as seen in the image below), they may not necessarily occur in this order. They can also develop at the same time.
Below provides more details and examples on the above concepts.
One initiative that aims to build dementia-friendliness is the Dementia-Friendly Singapore (DFSG) initiative. DSFG is led by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), and aims to build a more caring and inclusive society for persons living with dementia and their caregivers.
As part of the DFSG initiative, certain districts in Singapore have been designated as Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFCs).
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- Chiu, M. Y., Lim, K. H., Chan, K., Evans, S., & Huxley, P. J. (2016). What does social inclusion mean to Singaporeans? A qualitative study of the concept of social inclusion. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 26(2-3), 64-76.
- Dementia Connections Canada. (2018, September). What’s the Difference Between “Dementia Friendly” and “Dementia Inclusive”. Dementia Connections. https://dementiaconnections.ca/2018-9-14-whats-the-difference-between-dementia-friendly-and-dementia-inclusive/
- National Council of Social Services. (2016, December). 3rd Enabling Masterplan. https://www.msf.gov.sg/media-room/Pages/MSF-to-study-and-consider-recommendations-made-by-EM-Steering-Comm.aspx
- Putnam, D., Wasserman, D., Blustein, J., & Asch, A. Disability and Justice (2019). In E.N. Zalta (Eds), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2019 Edition). Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University. https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2019/entries/disability-justice/