Just a post to let you know about some research we are doing at the University of Sheffield, funded by the Alzheimer's Society. The project is about what it is like to be a young person or a child who has a mum or dad who has dementia.
What’s it like to be under 25 and have a mum or dad who has dementia?
There’s a lot of publicity around in the media at the moment about dementia, about making the UK a more dementia friendly place, about the needs of people living with dementia, and about the need for better support for carers.
This is all great but so often it seems that it’s assumed that dementia affects older people, both in terms of those living with it and those who care for and/or live with them. There’s been very little attention given to what it’s like when you’re under 25 and it’s your parent, rather than your grandparent, who is living with dementia. Until now that is!
From October the Alzheimer’s Society is funding a 2 year project, based in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield which will be focusing on hearing the stories that under 25s who have a parent with dementia have to tell. The aim is to create some resources which others in this situation can share and use and which might help in living through what can be very challenging and difficult times.
If you are under 25 and have a parent with dementia, or you know someone who is - we would like to hear from children too - and you are interested in being involved in this project please contact us for further details. Contact details are available at: