We are a group of individuals, caregivers, community members, and organizations committed to the well-being of people living with dementia and their families.

We began as a small grass roots group in 2015 & we’ve expanded our membership to over 300 people!  We started with a community assessment, asking what does our community know and need? One of our goals is educating others & creating a knowledgeable, aware community. We work with organizations to create opportunities for engagement for people living with dementia. 

Our strategy stems from the NC State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. You can access this 2016 plan here: NC_State_Plan__March_2016_


People living with dementia can continue to be active in their chosen pursuits for years following their diagnosis. The entire community benefits when all members are allowed to contribute.


Enjoy this 4-minute video of persons living with dementia, filmed and edited by Warren Wilson student, Matthew Tennant. Music by Scott Holmes.


We know there is a stigma associated with dementia. This means that individuals with dementia are often excluded, looked down on, dismissed, and discriminated against. We are working to reverse that stigma by creating an inclusive, educated, and supportive community.

Contact Us: 828-348-7261


Asheville Art Salon, Asheville Art Museum 2017

Dementia Friendly WNC is committed to increasing awareness around dementia and decreasing its negative stigma.  We aim to ease fears and increase comfort levels for those interacting with people living with dementia, encouraging those who attend our awareness sessions to take concrete action to reach out to those living with dementia.  We partner with people living with dementia, involving them as members of our steering team decisions and including their voices in our awareness sessions.