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Children and dementia

 

Will you remember me?


When a person is diagnosed with dementia it is often difficult to explain to children and young people the effects dementia may have on their parent, grandparent or other family member.

 

Dementia may affect a person's mood, personality and behaviour. Everyone's experience is different and children may blame themselves at times for what their grandparents or parents do or say due to memory loss and the changes that result from their dementia.

 

It is important to provide children with information about this on-going condition to assist them to gain a new perspective.

 

 

Resources

The Dementia Diaries


The Dementia Diaries is a book for young people about Dementia. The Dementia Diaries is the result of the British Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. A challenge to change people's understanding of dementia. To raise awareness across the United Kingdom.

This book follows four young people dealing with dementia in their grandparents, we follow their diaries as they hear of the diagnosis, all the way through to the end. The book looks at dementia from the perspective of a young person, and as such is full of hope and fun and deep understanding. Adapted from interviews with young carers across Kent, the Dementia Diaries' end goal, is to raise awareness of dementia among young people in a way that's fun, shareable and life-affirming.

 

 

 

Books for Children

To purchase this book or to select another children's book please click here.

 

 

The Braincell Boogie Song

 

The Braincell Boogie is a lighthearted song created by the innovators of the Dementia Diaries for young people about dementia.

 

It is an inspirational video and a great song to sing along with children and adults.

 

To sing along with 'The Braincell Boogie' please click here.

 

Video on the making of the Dementia Diaries

Children go straight to the heart of the issue ... this video not only provides an insight into how this project came about but also steps inside the lives of the children who contributed to the book.

 

To watch the making of this video click here.

 

Grandpa, do you know who I am?


HBO: Documentaries, 2011. Home Box Office Inc. HBO have produced a video on five stories of children, ages 6-15, who are coping with grandfathers or grandmothers living with Alzheimer's disease.

The video runs for 30mins with Maria Shriver providing commentary and some valuable lessons for children.

To view this video now please go to Grandpa, do you know who I am?

 

 

 

Explaining dementia to children

 

Alzheimer's Society UK have produced an information sheet on how to explain dementia to children and young people - to view  click here.

 

If you would like to view this information on their website please go to Alzheimer's Society UK.