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Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities, with the Archie Project!

The Archie Project, which was started by Reminiscence Learning of Somerset, UK, seeks to extinguish the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It was started in 2012 to make local towns and villages more “dementia-friendly,” and has so far been quite successful.

The project brings community members of varying generations together with people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, by introducing them all to Archie — a scarecrow who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

The result is increased awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as a wonderful and illuminating experience for everyone involved.

Watch the video to see the project in action!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.