Having a relative with dementia can be really hard for young people. This short animation has been developed to help children aged 8-12 understand what having dementia means. It aims to help them understand some of the changes in their relative’s memory and behaviour, as well as giving them some practical tips for communicating with someone with dementia and continuing to enjoy quality time with them.
Watch the video (with or without subtitles):
Anna, aged 9
“Sometimes it is hard to know how to help Grandma and what we can play together. I like reading to her and playing Snakes and Ladders. This cartoon is amazing! It will help lots of children.”
Elsie, aged 12
“I really like this. It is important for me to know that even if Grandma can’t remember my name she knows who I am and that she loves me.
The animation shows how important it is to talk to someone about your worries, talking to someone has really helped me.”
Suzy, daughter/family carer
“There is a lack of resource for children loving someone with dementia; this animation is great. It raises awareness of dementia but more importantly it talks about love, the importance of sharing worries and gives suggestions of activities to share.”
– Co-chair of Dementia UK Lived Experience Advisory Panel
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