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 is supporting Dr Baker roll out the Kids4Dementia program across schools Australia-wide.
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.
In September 2017 CHeBA put together a team in the Sydney Running Festival and raised over $15,000 for Kids4Dementia. Visit the photo gallery below.
Find out more about the Kids4Dementia educational programs in schools running in schools around Australia.
See what our Kids4Dementia supporters have been up to in the Sydney Running Festival.
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.
Donate to Kids4Dementia
To make a donation to Kids4Dementia contact:
Comunications & Projects Officer
T (02) 9382 3398