The session on Thursday 30 November 2017 was part of the Scouts and Alzheimer’s Society’s Million Hands partnership.
The group of Cub Scouts, who are 8-10 years old, joined the growing number of young people helping to create a dementia friendly generation by taking part in the session at Eynsham Scout HQ.
A Dementia Friend is someone who has gained a basic understanding about what it is like to have dementia and the small ways they can support someone living with the condition. With over two million people expected to develop dementia in the next 10 years, it is likely the majority of today’s under-18-year-olds will be affected by the condition in their lifetime.
Vanessa Gregory, from 1st Eynsham Cub Scouts, said: “The session really helped the cubs understand what life is like for a person with dementia and how we can help. We are also hoping to organise a community dementia-friendly activity in the village.”
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends Champion, Alex Williams, who delivered the Dementia Friends session said:
“Young people hold the key to what our society will look like in the future and we want it to be a dementia friendly one. The young people who learn more about dementia today are our future customer service managers, bus drivers, police officers, MPs and HR Directors, all important roles, who will have more patience with someone living with dementia or can influence policies to better support people with dementia and carers.
“That’s why Alzheimer’s Society is urging all young people to follow Eynsham Cubs example and become Dementia Friends to help beat the stigma that exists in our society today.“
For more information on becoming a young people and Dementia Friends, visit alzheimers.org.uk/youngpeople or dementiafriends.org.uk. Follow Dementia Friends on Twitter.