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Dementia Friendly

Many of us fear dementia, as it’s not a well understood illness. It should be talked about in the workplace, schools and communities to help improve the lives of people living with dementia. Many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from friends and their community. How can you help?


What is dementia?

A set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language and may include mood changes. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

Think of the children

Parents find it hard explain to children, when family or friends are suffering from dementia. It’s natural to protect children, but being honest about dementia helps for 3 reasons:

  1. Finding relief, knowing that the person’s behaviour is part of their dementia and is not directed at them.
  2. Building trust, otherwise they may see you as someone withholding the truth.
  3. Learning valuable skills about dealing with distressing situations and managing emotions.

Given their age, tailor your discussion accordingly and ensure they can ask questions and share their feelings.

Let’s talk dementia

Find ways to involve your children in caring for the person with dementia, or just allow them to spend time with the person. Here are some simple rules:

  • Let your children know that being with the person with dementia and showing them love is the most important thing.
  • Ensure that the activities with the dementia person are fun for your children.
  • Talk about the person’s life and interests and show your children photographs and mementos.
  • Take photographs of your children with the person to remember the good times.
  • Don’t leave your child in charge, unless you are sure that they will be able to cope.
  • Talk to your children afterwards if the person with dementia became upset or confused, to help your them understand why this happened.

If the person with dementia has received an early diagnosis, they may be able to talk about their dementia with your children, as it’s a good way of reducing fear and maintaining a positive relationship.

ChildMax pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave looking after a sick child. Once agreed, ChildMax pays your claim within 30 days and you can choose to return to work on a part- time or other basis.

Visit at or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.


Date: 18 November 2019 by Max Robinson