Mary Fridley Co-Founder & Coordinator of Reimagining Dementia

All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Mary Fridley as guest to the show.

Mary Fridley is on the faculty at the East Side Institute in NYC, co-creator and leader of The Joy of Dementia (You Gotta Be Kidding!) and co-founder and coordinator of Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice.

Mary practiced social therapy for 12 years and uses the social therapeutic approach as an experienced teacher and workshop leader. She is author or co-author of several articles and chapters, has been interviewed by numerous media outlets and presented at national and international conferences on the Joy of Dementia and on the Coalition. Additionally, Mary is a guest columnist for, a playwright and theater director and makes her living as a non-profit fundraising consultant.

About Reimagining Dementia:

Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice is an international group of people living with dementia, care partners, family and community members, dementia activists and allies, health professionals, advocates, artists, academics, policymakers, and others. Reimagining Dementia a committed to creativity, belonging, caring relationships, joy and growth for everyone.

Launched in September 2020, Reimagining Dementia currently has over 840 members* in 35 countries. Unique to Reimagining Dementia is a belief in creativity (the arts, theater, music, movement, improvisation, performance and more) as an innovative way to challenge the stigma and stereotypes of dementia and the inequities experienced by people living with it, and to effect individual and social transformation.

Over the last three years, Reimagining Dementia has emerged as a grassroots catalyst for change and a visible “hub” and community of support for all. By leveraging the collective resources, experiences and successes of our members and others with whom we are collaborating, Reimagining Dementia is giving everyone impacted by dementia the tools, understandings and support they need to thrive. We will not stop until all people across the globe have access to life-affirming alternatives in every aspect of their lives.