There will be an estimated one million people living with dementia in the UK by 2021. Dementia has an impact on the whole family, including children. Children may see changes occurring in their relative and not understand what is happening, or feel able to talk about it.
We’ve produced a toolkit for teachers and youth groups, featuring a presentation about dementia, as well as an activity sheet for children to get them thinking and talking about dementia. These resources work alongside the ‘Information for teachers’ and ‘Frequently asked questions by children’ documents, below.
We have also developed some short videos about teenagers and young adults’ experiences of supporting someone with dementia in their family. This was kindly supported by the Central England Co-operative.
Children, teenagers and young adults may need extra support if someone in their family has dementia. This is especially true if it is a parent. In this short film, Admiral Nurse Rachel Thompson talks about helping young people understand the changes their relationship might go through, and providing emotional support.
Learn more about dementia
Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological, and can also profoundly change the practicalities of everyday life. Find out more about the different types of dementia and check out our range of information leaflets
Having a relative with dementia can be really hard for children and young people. These resources have been developed to help them understand how dementia may change their relative’s memory and behaviour