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Charity website seeks to explain dementia to children

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Alzheimer’s Research UK has created a website to explain dementia to the many children who have a loved one with the condition.

The site, which was developed with the help of young people and families with experience of dementia, focuses on the ways people with dementia may change.

“Dementia doesn’t just affect individuals, it impacts whole families and communities”

Hilary Evans

Its launch comes alongside a survey revealing nearly a third of families with children have been affected by dementia, while 11% currently have a family member with the condition.

The Dementia Explained website is divided into three sections with content tailored for younger children, older children and teenagers. The sections include online books and games for younger users, information about dementia research and scientific careers for adolescents, and an interactive tour of the brain for each age group.

Young users are also encouraged to contribute by sharing their own stories, pictures and experiences.

Despite the fact dementia is common, Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans said there were still a lot of myths and misconceptions about it.

“Dementia doesn’t just affect individuals, it impacts whole families and communities,” she said. “For children, especially those with a close relative like a grandparents or parent with the condition, it can be a particularly difficult experience.”

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