In 2017, Mayor Bynum committed to designating Tulsa as a dementia friendly community – the first city in Oklahoma to do so. Dementia Friendly Tulsa is an independent, nonprofit initiative. The volunteer-driven effort – part of Dementia Friendly America – provides information and programs that help 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 make life difficult for those living with dementia, as well as for their families and caregivers.