Dementia Friendly Surprise

The City of Surprise and is a Dementia Friendly city, part of the Dementia Friends initiative. Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

With Arizona anticipated to experience the highest-growth rate of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationally, Surprise is partnering with community experts in aging and cognitive disorders to provide access to programs and resources to help the community understand what dementia is and how it affects people.

Here are some of programs and resources available:

Memory Café

Memory Cafés provide a social and resource place for people living with memory loss and their care partners. Caregivers participate in an educational and/or support session while people with memory loss actively participate in a cognitive engagement program. The free sessions are scheduled:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Second and fourth Tuesday of every month (starting Oct. 8, 2019)
Salvation Army, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise

The café is provided in partnership with Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Benevilla, Sun Health Wellness and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dementia Friendly Surprise Flyer

Classes, Events & Support Groups

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute offers a wide range of educational, informative and supportive sessions for patients, caregivers and families. Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

Calendar of Events

On-Demand Online Classes

A variety of courses are available on-demand on Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s YouTube channel.

Access the courses here

Partnership Info / Questions

For more information on partnering with Surprise on this important movement, please contact