Creating a Dementia Friendly Generation - Dementia Resources for Schools
Alzheimer’s Society currently has a range of free resources for schools to use to teach about dementia. This includes lesson plans for KS2 and KS3, an Alzheimer’s Society assembly and several videos and digital resources.
About our Schools Resources
The project has been running since 2012 under various different aliases, and it is now in its third stage:
- Phase 1
During the 2012-13 school year 21 schools where engaged in a pioneer project run externally by Sitra called ‘dementia4schools’. With the help of the involved schools Sitra created a range of teaching resources – the dementia resource suite. This was evaluated by the University of Worcester and the report can be downloaded here.
- Phase 2
During the 2013-14 school year Sitra expanded the project to include 120 schools all using the dementia resource suite.
- Phase 3 (current phase)
For the 2014-15 year Alzheimer’s society took ownership of the project. Using aspects of the dementia resource suite they have now created easy to use KS3 & KS2 resources for schools, which have subsequently been accredited by the PSHE association. Each resources is divided into three lesson plans:
- Explaining dementia
- Dementia in the community
- Dementia in the family and young carers
Each lesson contains a number of activities with associated supporting resources, as well as additional activities and further support.
The PSHE association commented:
“The resources are extremely well thought through and will be very accessible to busy teachers”
Anne Dolan, Teacher at Hatchend High in Harrow said:
“The resources were very handy and clear, they provided the young people with an easily digestible starting point for their project. They turned the information into their own creative presentation to help younger pupils understand the impact of dementia”.
How DAA members can help
- Can you recommend to a school?
- Can you promote the Project in your locality?
- Can you offer help and guidance to participating schools in your area?
The Youth Engagement Team would love to hear about anything that you are currently doing in schools to get young people talking about dementia. We are also here to answer any questions you might have and provide support for people using our resources.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why learn about dementia in schools and colleges?
A third of young people know someone with dementia. With over two million people developing dementia in the next ten years, it's likely the majority of today's young people will know someone affected by the condition in their lifetime.
By educating young people about dementia we can create a dementia-friendly generation. Young people will have increased confidence and understanding when communicating with people with dementia, helping to reduce social isolation and stigma for those living with dementia.
As well as the positive impact on people living with dementia today, increasing young people's understanding of dementia will have long term benefits as they approach adulthood and become the carers, social workers, researchers, employers and adults of tomorrow. Their understanding will create dementia-friendly communities, helping people to live well with dementia.
Learning a bit more about dementia can support young people's education in a number of areas:
- Understanding ageing
- Dealing with loss
- Learning how people used to live
- Becoming more active in their community
- Building intergenerational relationships
- Reinforcing messages about a healthy lifestyle.
Dementia supports a number of areas of the PSHE curriculum for all Key Stages, and also has relevance in Science, Health and Social Care, Citizenship and many other subjects. We have information about how dementia can support the PSHE curriculum, as well as information on its relevance across all subjects across the four nations in our teacher’s handbook. Request a copy of our resources including the handbook by completing our contact form.
For further information please visit Alzheimer’s society’s web pages for young people