Dementia Friendly Lancaster

About Us

Dementia Friendly Lancaster County includes devoted community members, organizations, business and faith-based leaders, and those who have been touched by dementia. As a group, we strive to offer support, education, and resources to people living with dementia and their care partners within our local community.

We hope to see a community come together to support those impacted by dementia, help them remain engaged in the community, and thrive in their daily routines.

This goal will be met by offering dementia training and resources to businesses, faith communities, healthcare systems, and community members.

Teepa Snow Seminar and Dementia Workshops

Save the date for August 21 & 22 at the Lancaster Alliance Church!

Wednesday, August 21 at Lancaster Alliance Church will host two Teepa Snow Seminars.

Thursday, August 22 at Lancaster Alliance Church will host a day of workshops for caregivers and professionals looking learn more about dementia and become a better advocate for the ones they love.

Register for the Seminar & Workshops Now

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Dementia Friendly Lancaster is Growing

Do you have a passion for people living with dementia and their care partners? Would you be willing to lead or assist with memory cafes, musical moments, information meetings, specialized trainings? Consider joining DFL Action Team.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:45 am – 8:00 am live at Garden Spot Village and Via Teams. We are looking for dedicated volunteers.

Join the Dementia Friendly Action Team

We look forward to you joining us in these endeavors and more.

We look forward to you joining us in these endeavors.

Join Us in the Near Future!

Dementia Learning

On the third Tuesday of each month at Meadow View Memory Care, Melody Karick, Dementia Educator and Consultant will be holding Dementia Learning opportunities for those living with dementia and their loved ones.


Musical Memories Programs and Care Partner Respite Saturdays.

Respite opportunities for care partners while offering separate meaningful engagement for their loved one with dementia joined with an unique musical program for both to attend.

Check Out Dementia Learning Opportunities

Memory Cafes.

Monthly informal get-togethers for encouragement and enjoyment in a relaxed setting.

Dementia Friends Informational Session.

Churches, organizations, and businesses can attend to understand the 5 key messages about dementia, how it affects people, and how we can make a difference.

Community Awareness Seminars.

Engagement opportunities to help develop care partners and dementia care support.

Awareness of National Events.

Occasional community engaging events.

Dementia Friendly Business Training

Dementia Friendly Lancaster offers educational opportunities for local businesses and organizations to learn how to best serve those impacted by dementia. Businesses and organizations can participate in training opportunities and earn recognition as a Dementia Friendly businesses. Here is how to get involved:

  • Register your business or organization with Dementia Friendly Lancaster.
  • Customized in-person training tailored to your business or organization with one of our Dementia Champions.
  • Contact Melody for 2 hour Dementia Education including Virtual Dementia Tour.
  • Invite your team to become Dementia Friends by choosing specific steps toward that goal.
  • Receive your Dementia Friendly Business logo or Organization certificate.

Connect with Us

The Dementia Friendly Lancaster County steering committee comprises devoted community members, organizations, business and faith-based leaders, and those who have been touched by dementia.

Lancaster County joins Dementia Friendly America (DFA) as a dementia-friendly community to provide resources to business and community leaders and individuals. DFA works to spread and support dementia-friendly communities across the United States, raise public awareness, and reduce stigma through the Dementia Friends USA Initiative.

With the support from DFA, Lancaster County is taking action and becoming dementia-friendly by leveraging tailored resources and tools for community sectors. More than 300 communities across 40 states are in the process of becoming dementia friendly. We are affiliated with Dementia Friends Pennsylvania.

If you’d like more information, please get in touch with us.

Local Affiliations

  • Garden Spot Village
  • CrossNet Ministries
  • Elanco Ministerium
  • First Responders
  • Municipal Leaders
  • New Holland Business Association
  • Healthcare Providers
  • ELANCO Library


A variety of local, statewide and national organizations provide resources about dementia. To find additional resources, click here.

Disclaimer: As an outreach of Garden Spot Village, under their 501c3, Dementia Friendly Lancaster does not claim to offer medical advice or referral services.

Dementia Friendly Lancaster Vision Statement

In conjunction with the overarching mission of Dementia FriendlyPennsylvania, Dementia Friendly Lancaster County, envisions a future where every corner of our community is an inclusive, supportive and understanding haven for individuals with dementiaand their families.

Our journey through the 2024-2025 period is marked by the pioneering launch of quarterly Memory Cafes across three strategic locations and piloting Music Memories at Magnolia House on a bimonthly basis. These endeavors will provide a warm, inviting space for social interaction, support, and the joy of shared memories.

By 2027, our vision expands to see these memory cafes flourish into regular monthly gatherings not just for those directly affected by dementia but for the entire community. In parallel, we aim to cultivate an environment of empathy and knowledge by ensuring at least 30 local businesses and 12 churches annually are trained and transformed into dementia-friendly establishments, thereby weaving an understanding and support throughout the economic, spiritual and social threads of Lancaster County.

Our aspirations also include the innovative adaptation of the memory restaurant concept into an annual community meal fundraiser. This event will not only raise crucial funds and awareness but also serve as a vibrant celebration of memories, bringing together the community in a purposeful way.

Through these initiatives, Dementia Friendly Lancaster County is dedicated to not just changing perceptions and experiences around dementia but also to fostering a community where every individual, regardless of their cognitive condition, feels valued, understood and integrated. Our vision is a testament to the belief that together, we can transform Lancaster County into a model of dementia-friendlyliving where compassion, support and inclusivity illuminate every path.

We Need You

Make These Events Possible!

Interested in making Lancaster County more dementia friendly? Sponsorship is vitally important!

Sponsor Today

We are looking for Speakers for the workshop: On Thursday, August 22! If you’re interested in participating fill out the application.