Dementia-Friendly Communities is a new initiative in Buckinghamshire which aims to support local communities to work together and respond more positively towards those individuals living with dementia and memory impairments to enable them to remain active members of their communities and independent for longer.

This will be achieved through increased public awareness and understanding of the condition, tackling stigma and ensuring that services and facilities are accessible to all.

Dementia and memory impairments affect a person's ability to continue doing the things most of us take for granted such as shopping, banking, eating out in restaurants, driving and socialising. However, with a little help and support, people living with these conditions can remain independent, active members of their communities for longer.

The toolkit is being developed using learning from the three original pilot sites and will provide information and guidance on how to develop and implement Dementia-Friendly Communities at a local level.