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 the Kids4Dementia Program, children will have fun learning about dementia through the engaging animated story of Ollie a 9-year old boy, Ruby his 12-year-old sister, and their Pops - who they have noticed is starting to act a little differently than usual. The program also features videos of people with dementia and child relatives of people with dementia talking candidly about the condition.

The program has 7 short modules, covering topics that interest children such as:

Each module is accompanied by a class activity, such as an interactive brain, discussion, role-play, or drawing. 

Dr Jess Baker talks with children about dementia
photo used with consent, 2015

enlightened  Why is it important to get dementia education into schools?

  • A third of young people know someone living with dementia, and with 900,000 Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050, it is likely that the majority of today’s youths will experience the condition in their lifetime.

  • Two thirds of children tell us that they would like to help someone with dementia but that a lack of understanding could be holding them back, and that they are keen to know more about the condition.

  • The stigma experienced by people living with dementia is real and common. Over 55% of children believe that if people knew more about dementia life would be better for those with the condition.


Kids4Dementia is trialling a classroom-based dementia education program with online content for children in Years 5 and 6 of primary school and is accepting expressions of interest from Teachers and Schools.

Kids4Dementia Education Program Highlights reel:
What would be involved / required?
  • The participation of at least one Year 5 class and one Year 6 class.

  • The equipment to play animations/videos to a class.

  • Students would be asked to complete 20-30 minutes of questionnaires; once before the education program commences, and once after the modules are completed.

  • The commitment of THREE classes of 25-30 minutes (total 80 minutes) dedicated to delivering the education program over a TWO MONTH period (some activities could be completed as homework). 
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   Significant Education Program Strengths

  • The program is evidence-based. It is founded in current literature and findings from focus groups with children, with people with dementia and their relatives.

  • The program has been developed by a team of teachers, children, people with dementia, and academic experts.

  • It is purposefully designed to fit with school Stage 3 PDHPE (NSW), English and Science Skills and Knowledge and Understanding Outcomes.

  • We know that teachers are busy. Thus the only prep that you may have to do is print worksheets before class.

  • We also know teachers have complex schedules. Thus, there is no order to the modules; you are free to pick and choose which module you would like to use when.

  • It is free.  You will need to print some worksheets, but apart from that, no other resources are required.

  • The program aligns with the NSW Quality Teaching Framework and Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

  • A research team member will be available to support you with any questions that arise during the school’s involvement.

Examples of some children's experiences with dementia:
What is it like having a parent or grandparent with dementia?
How do you feel about having a parent or grandparent with dementia?
What is the one memory you wouldn't want to forget?

If you would like to talk to someone about how these videos have made you feel,
you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14