New Dementia Awareness Website Is Aimed At Children

Alzheimer's Australia Vic is taking a unique step toward educating everyone about dementia - including children.

The peak body established a new website called 'Dementia In My Family', to help children better prepare for and understand what it's like to have a close friend or family member with dementia. 

Through fun games and interactive information tools, the site encourages kids to share their own experiences and stories of dementia.

"The website aims to validate the experience of children and acknowledges the significant impact and the areas of life affected when someone important to them is living with dementia," Alzheimer's Australia Vic CEO, Maree McCabe, said in a statement.

The website targets children from "pre-school" age, through to 16 years and over. 

Each age group is prescribed quizzes, games, interactive information on the brain, and even suggested fictional books.

Twelve-year-old Izzy says the website helped her understand her grandmother, who lives with dementia.

"The site really helped me to understand what is making Grandma act differently to how she used to," she told Alzheimer's Australia Vic. "I get now that when she says strange things or forgets things that it’s a problem with her brain and she can’t control it.'

If you need help or information about dementia, you can make a free call to the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. 

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