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A new website has been launched to help children understand dementia, after a poll revealed that almost a third of parents say their children have been impacted by the condition.

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a website called ‘Dementia Explained’, designed to help children understand dementia. The launch of the website follows the results of a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity which revealed that 29 per cent parents have children who have felt the impact of the condition of a loved one.

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The Dementia Explained homepage

Chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Hilary Evans, said: “There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and, as large as this number is, it is far from the complete picture. 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.

“Dementia Explained uses engaging content that will appeal to children of different ages to demystify dementia and explain why and how the condition can affect someone. It’s important for young people to appreciate that changes in the way that a family member may be behaving are nobody’s fault, least of all theirs, but the result of changes affecting how the brain works. Educating the next generation about dementia is critical if we are to overcome the stigma that still surrounds the condition today.”

The Dementia Explained website provides child-friendly resources that focus on the ways people living with dementia can change and the impact this can have on families.

The website contains resources, such as videos, interactive games and stories narrated by broadcaster Edith Bowman. All resources have been designed to help young people to learn about the brain and how it is affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s.

For more information on Dementia Explained, visit: www.dementiaexplained.org

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