Dementia Friends Tennessee


Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) and the Middle Tennessee Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) are committed to educating communities about dementia in order to increase understanding, decrease fear and confusion, and help people living with dementia

be as safe, active, and independent as possible.



You can join us in this mission by becoming a Dementia Friend.



What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is anyone who watches a series of online videos to learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia, then takes action to show their understanding and support.  Together, Dementia Friends create Dementia Friendly Communities. Dementia Friendly Communities are compassionate places where those with dementia can live with respect and dignity. 


How do I become a Dementia Friend?

Visit this website (, watch a series of online videos, and commit to support those living with dementia in your community.  In less than 20 minutes, you can watch the entire video series and receive an online certificate naming you as a Dementia Friend!  Each video provides basic information about the struggles a person with dementia may experience and what one can do to help. 


The videos (with lengths in minutes: seconds) are:

3:46 In Your Community (overview of transportation, retail, library and other community settings)

3:06 Clinical research

1:43 1st responders

1:42 Young adults

1:58 Faith communities

1:13 Retail

1: 24 Bank

0:59 Pharmacy

1:00 Restaurant

1:33 Transportation

1:11 Library



Thank you for rising to the challenge and helping support

those living with dementia in our community.


With questions or to become more involved with the Dementia Friends program,

please email