News - 23rd June 2020

Helping children learn about dementia

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For many parents home schooling their children during these extraordinary times has been a challenge. And with schools beginning to gradually reopen, we still don’t know how long it will be until things return to something like normality.


If you are looking for some inspiration to help educate and entertain your children, our Dementia Explained website is packed with engaging content that will appeal to all age groups.


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 helps young people better understand dementia and supports parents in talking to their children about the condition.


We’ve recently updated and added some new activities to the resources section to support children and young people as they explore the brain, learning about this amazing organ and how it works.


There are three age ranges:

• Young kids (up to around age 6)
Download the ‘My Amazing Brain’ worksheet and colouring pages. There’s also a craft activity to make a brain hat and instructions for how to do blow painting brain cells.


• Primary school
Download the worksheets on brain structure and brain cells. There’s also instructions on how to make a nerve cell from a pipe cleaner and a template to create a origami fact finder.


• Secondary school
Download the Understanding Dementia worksheet and crossword. There’s also a challenge to create a dementia awareness campaign.


There’s also loads more stuff on the Dementia Explained site to explore, helping to demystify dementia and explain why and how the condition can affect someone.


Children can read the digital version of the Grandad’s Hat book or listen along to the narration by radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman. They can also watch videos of young people talking about their experience of having a family member dementia.

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