News - 11th March 2019
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Teaching children about dementia

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Having a loved one with dementia can be a very difficult experience for a family. For children, it can be particularly distressing.

 

Our children’s website Dementia Explained helps young people better understand dementia and supports parents in talking to their children about the condition.

 

It’s packed with engaging content that will appeal to children of different ages to demystify dementia and explain why and how the condition can affect someone.

 

Young people can find out about dementia by playing games, reading stories, taking a tour of the brain and hearing from people who have experience of a family member with the condition.

 

We’ve recently updated the site to include some new resources for teachers to use to help students learn about the brain and dementia.

 

These activities can be adapted for different key stages and incorporated into a range of lesson plans.

 

There are three age ranges:

  • Early years – using our brain hats, this activity helps young children discover their amazing brain and how it helps them remember things.
  • Primary – using pipecleaners, children find out about the neurons in their brain and how they work, putting them together to build a neuron network.
  • Secondary – this activity challenges teens to create a health campaign to help people learn the risk factors for dementia.

These were created for British Science Week (8-17 March), the celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Our resources have been included in the free activity packs which can be downloaded here.

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