Dementia’s impact on children

Alzheimer’s Research UK has been exploring the impact of dementia on families, and in particular how young people understand what is happening to their relations.

Posted on 27th February 2013

Over 820,000 people are now living with dementia across the UK. As well as the toll it takes on the person, the carers and families around them can be profoundly affected as dementia takes a grip of their loved ones. Alzheimer’s Research UK has been exploring the impact of dementia on families, and in particular how young people understand what is happening to their relations.

Part of this work has seen us team up with Orion Publishing which has recently published the debut novel from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald called Back to Blackbrick. Aimed at younger readers, the book describes the special relationship between a boy and his grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a fascinating insight into how dementia affects the person and those around them. Orion has been helping raise awareness of dementia as the book launches, including news of our work in lots of the promotion around the book.

If you have an experience to share about how dementia has affected younger members of your family, we’d like to hear from you. Contact us on press@alzheimersresearchuk.org to share your experiences.

Back to BlackBrick, which has some unique twists in its story, has enjoyed a number of five star reviews and was a Sunday Times Book of the Week for young readers. It is available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Blackbrick-Sarah-Moore-Fitzgerald/dp/1444006592

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