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Safe and Welcoming

Practical ways to welcome those with dementia--and their caregivers--into our church communities.

Churches in Great Britain, and increasingly in the U.S., have developed ways to become “dementia friendly.” Here are a few suggestions. 

  • Educate church staff and laity to have at least a basic understanding of dementia and how it affects a person physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
  • Ensure that the worship space is safe and welcoming to the elderly and cognitively impaired.
  • Provide a volunteer companion for the person with dementia to allow the caregiver to relax a bit and worship.

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