Towards a better understanding

A new website from Alzheimer’s Research UK aims to help young children, juniors and teenagers to understand dementia and the changes it can cause to a loved one’s behaviour. The site also assists nurses to answer children’s questions about the condition.

Nurses are pivotal to helping relatives understand more about dementia and its effects on their loved one. But while adults can be directed to various resources, until now there has been scant information for younger family members.

‘That’s why we’ve worked with health professionals and families to develop a website with information, activities and other resources for children of all ages,’ explains Alzheimer’s Research UK science communications manager Laura Phipps.

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In a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity and carried out in November, almost three in ten parents said their children had been affected by someone with dementia, with 11% reporting that their children had a family member living with the condition.

Divided into three sections for young children, juniors and teenagers, the website Dementia Explained includes games, stories and the experiences of children who have a family member with dementia. There is


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