for young adults

younger teens

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Dementia australia

Webpages for 13-15 year olds with stories, information and resources.

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older teens

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Dementia australia

Webpage with stories, information and resources.

Alzheimer's and my dad

A story from a young woman whose father had alzheimer's

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I am not a carer

‘I don't want teenagers to get diluted stories...'


'My story is about how I ‘coped’ with it as a teenager going into his early twenties – or, perhaps, how I didn’t cope.'

spending time together

There can be a lot of nuances to spending time with someone with dementia. Often communicating seems to become harder as dementia advances. Despite this common experience, we challenge you to think about it differently and to enjoy changes in how you may spend time with your parent, grandparent, friend or neighbour.

First here are some common struggles and corresponding tips with communicating:​

  • Noisy backgrounds can sometimes be overwhelming

  • Your person might tell the same story and ask same the question many times - know that this is very common and that it is ok just to go along with it.

  • It may take the person longer than it used to converse and come up with sentences. Try not to interrupt or finish sentences for them

  • Sometimes medications can affect things like behaviour or conversation

  • Just because someone has a diagnosis doesn't mean they can't communicate - assume that they can and then respond as you interact

  • Don't be afraid to have a laugh and tease your person gently

  • Pay attention to nonverbal cues:  though sometimes someone may not be able to speak there are some fun and beautiful ways to still show care and communicate. Read Meg's story here and see this video of a woman with very advanced dementia

  • They may know that they can't remember your name but too embarassed to admit it - try and sneak your name into the conversation

  • People do hear your tone - and often it is hard not to fall into a condescending one. Try to keep a tone that assumes the other person is communicating just as you are even if it is a one sided conversation - pretend that they do completely understand you continuing a conversation as if they are.

And some activities that you could do together:

  • Cook/bake together

  • Walk around a familiar place 

  • Complete a puzzle together

  • Garden

  • Look at old photos together

  • Create a memory box

  • Watch their favourite movie or tv show 

  • Have a picnic 

  • Listen to music together

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Book suggestions from Dementia Australia and

A cute video by Alzheimer's Society (UK)