Intergenerational Dementia Project
The word ‘dementia’ conjures negative and fearful images associated with dread and hopelessness. In Gloucestershire, we have worked with many partners to raise a better understanding and awareness of dementia and to show that it is possible to live well with dementia. The most effective strategy that we have discovered – is the younger generation. All of us working with the Intergenerational Dementia Project have been moved and inspired by the way that the children have responded to the issues and challenges facing people living with dementia; their compassion and enthusiasm to make a difference in their community. I would recommend this resources to all schools – you will be surprised and heartened by the impact.
Helen Vaughan - Joint Commissioning Manager
Clinical Programmes Team, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
• Increasing knowledge and understanding of dementia
• Awareness of the conditions and their significance for an aging population
• Dementia friendly communities, school and wider
• Supporting people to live well with dementia
• Earlier recognition of possible dementia symptoms
Not only does the project strive to achieve the above, but in doing so it also helps young people to learn the underlying themes of acceptance, tolerance, empathy and an understanding of diversity.
The project is completely flexible. It can be fully tailored to suit your setting. This document aims to provide a collection of ideas that can be used in their original format, or can be edited and developed to suit your particular needs.
Ultimately, the project needs to be sustainable and enjoyable. A modest start can be developed year on year, thus increasing confidence, knowledge and involvement within the community.
This project can be used as an intervention towards your GHLL Healthy School award. Even if you have achieved the award, the intervention can be recorded in the reporting tool as evidence of your great work. An example of a baseline assessment can be found in the resources for this pack.
• What is already happening in your local area?
• Links that you already have through school
• School community members with work or family links
Your local council can help to put you in touch with key workers and community builders who can help you make meaningful connections within your locality.
Contact charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Barnwood Trust.
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