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Dementia is a horrible illness for anyone to observe but unfortunately more and more people are suffering from this disease as our population ages. How do you explain to children when their grandparents and sadly even parents no longer can speak to them, no longer want to cuddle them and have absolutely no idea who they are when a few months earlier they really were the best thing to have ever happened to them? It is hard as an adult to see these things but at least we can justify that these actions are not of the person but of the disease, to a child this must be so hard to understand.
The Alzheimer’s Society have launched a comic book series called The Dementia Superheroes, aimed at helping primary school children to learn about dementia. The comic tells stories about how dementia can make people feel and act differently and encourages kindness and understanding. This is a great idea and if it helps both the young children and the dementia sufferer then it can only be a good thing. There are characters called Violet Volunteer, Sophia Scientist and Carl Carer and the series are set up to provide information in a fun and friendly way. To find out more click here
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