According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in three young people know someone with dementia.
The number of people in the UK with a diagnosis is 850,000.
It’s a confusing and often scary condition to have. It can also be confusing for friends and family of the person diagnosed. This is why we think it is incredibly important that young people are aware of dementia and have a basic understanding of what it is.
We’re thrilled to see that the Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with Girlguiding to empower young women to be dementia friendly.
The charity has created bespoke activity packs and session plans to help create a dementia-friendly generation. Girlguiding groups can become Dementia Friends and are encouraged to take action in their communities.
Girlguiding resources are available to Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers groups here. They enable the groups to learn more about the condition and include the five key messages everyone should know.
They also included ideas for groups to support people in their local community living with the condition.
It is fantastic to see youth organisations like Girlguiding realise the importance of awareness among the younger generation. If anyone out there knows a young person in a similar group, they should encourage them to download the resources. We are all for creating a more dementia-friendly generation.
There are also resources for Scout groups and information sessions info to download. Teachers or youth leaders can also download the ‘About Memories with Grandma’ interactive resource to teach those aged from 5-years-old to 11-years-old.