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Creating a dementia friendly society starting with children (Kids4Dementia)

Dr Jess Baker, A/Prof Belinda Goodenough, A/Prof Lee-Fay Low
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
Project Description
Kids4Dementia
 

Children are the citizens of the future, and many will grow up to be doctors, carers, shop assistants, teachers and leaders. Educating the next generation about dementia is the grassroots for building a dementia-friendly society.

In a multi-phase project, this research will be the world’s first to develop a measure of children’s attitudes toward dementia, and use this measure in a pilot of a new evidence-based online education program for children.

Methods included focus groups of children (aged 9-12 years), people living with dementia, and the primary carers of people living with dementia.  

The classroom-based online dementia education program for children is engaging, interactive, and includes videos of people with dementia and their family.

This program will be evaluated in a small randomised controlled ‘in school’ trial. The main outcome measure will be changes in children’s knowledge of, and attitudes towards people living with dementia. 

This innovative project is an essential platform for externally funded future refining, and scaled-up rollout of the education program and its evaluation, via an implementation science framework that includes longitudinal follow-up to assess stability of outcomes.

Dr Baker with one of her focus groups
(picture used with permission)
Latest News
There has been much media interest in the Kids4Dementia program since it's official launch at the National Dementia Research & Knowledge Translation Forum in September 2015. For example:

Sydney Morning Herald online 25/09/15

 

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