Kids4Dementia

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#Kids4Dementia

Currently a third of young people know someone living with dementia, and with 1.1 million Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050, their exposure to this chronic disease will only increase.

Kids4Dementia is a classroom-based dementia education program designed for young people where students learn that a person with dementia is "still a person", and not someone to fear, laugh at or ignore.

Founder and Program Developer of Kids4Dementia, Dr Jess Baker, reminds that our children are smart.

They are our future citizens who will grow up to be doctors, teachers and leaders of tomorrow. Educating children about dementia is the foundation to a dementia-friendly society.
Dr Jess Baker, Founder and Program Developer of Kids4Dementia

A dementia-friendly society is a vision shared by many researchers, practitioners, educators and consumers. It is a society where people with dementia are recognised as valued citizens and supported to remain meaningfully engaged with the community and in daily life.

CHeBA's immediate vision is to support Dr Baker roll out the program across 30 schools in NSW.

All funds raised will assist this critical program to be implemented throughout schools across all states in Australia. Ultimately Dr Baker's goal is for this program to become part of the primary school curriculum.

Background Information

In the Kids4Dementia Program, children will have fun learning about dementia through the engaging animated story of Ollie a 9-year old boy, Ruby his 12-year-old sister, and their Pops - who they have noticed is starting to act a little differently than usual. The program also features videos of people with dementia and child relatives of people with dementia talking candidly about the condition.

The program has 7 short modules, covering topics that interest children such as:

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Each module is accompanied by a class activity, such as an interactive brain, discussion, role-play or drawing.

Why is it important to get dementia education into schools?

  • A third of young people know someone living with dementia, and with 900,000 Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050, it is likely that the majority of today's youths will come to know or meet the condition in their lifetime.
  • Two thirds of children tell us that they would like to help someone with dementia but that a lack of understanding could be holding them back, and that they are keen to know more about the condition.
  • The stigma experienced by people living with dementia is real and common. Over 55% of children believe that if people knew more about dementia life would be better for those with the condition.

 

For more information please contact h.douglass@unsw.edu.au

Year 5 & 6 Students from Bronte Public School Excel in the Kids4Dementia program

A group of Year 5 and 6 students (10 – 12 years of age) from Bronte Public School recently participated in the Kids4Dementia program. They have written thoughtful letters written in response to the Kids4Dementia videos of Australian children talking about what it feels like to have a grandparent or parent with dementia, and made creative posters displaying how we can keep our brains healthy.

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