Dementia Friendly Tulsa is an independent, nonprofit initiative. The volunteer-driven program – part of Dementia Friendly America – provides information and training that helps Tulsans implement simple, proven best practices that foster livability and vitality.
Dementia Friendly Tulsa’s resources and tools, which are tailored for specific community sectors, especially benefit the growing number of people living with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Social stigma and lack of public awareness often makes life difficult for those living with dementia, as well as for their families and caregivers.
In 2017, Mayor Bynum committed to designating Tulsa as a dementia friendly community – the first city in Oklahoma to do so.
The Mayor’s Dementia Friendly Symposium introduced the initiative on April 5, 2017, allowing Tulsa to join other leading U.S. and global cities that strive to value each member of their community. Tulsa leaders were challenged to promote a culture of awareness that enhances life for older residents and benefits people, businesses and organizations throughout the city. Input from symposium attendees, including results from sector-specific surveys, will determine the roadmap for Tulsa to fully become a dementia friendly community.