New website launched to explain dementia to children

Alzheimer's Research UK has launched a new website to help young people better understand dementia after a recent poll revealed that nearly three in ten parents in the UK said their children aged 18 and under have felt the impact of the condition.

The website, www.dementiaexplained.org, provides child-friendly dementia information focusing on the ways people with dementia can change and the effect this can have on families. It brings together a range of resources including narrated stories, videos and interactive games to allow young people to discover more about the brain, how it is affected by diseases like Alzheimer's and to share their experiences to help others.

The findings of a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity revealed that nearly three in ten parents said their children had been impacted by dementia, with 11 per cent saying their children currently have a family member living with the condition. The charity says while there are already a number of sources of dementia information for adults, these latest statistics highlight the need for information aimed at younger people.

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "Dementia doesn't just affect individuals, it impacts whole families and communities. Despite how common it is, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding dementia. For children, especially those with a close relative like a grandparent or parent with the condition, it can be a particularly difficult experience."

Visitors to the site are able to submit their own experiences of dementia and post pictures, videos and pieces of writing that they might like to share with other young people.