Today I went along with a Dementia Champion to a Primary School where I live to deliver a Dementia Friends session.
Oh my word, I was absolutely blown away with the comments the children made when asked questions. Questions such as ‘when memories have gone from recent events, what is left?’ The number of children who said ‘feelings’ was amazing.
They simply get it. You can see their minds working and understanding what they are listening to. They sit quietly, and listen, they write their ideas on what the brain ‘does’ on the brain pictures we give them. At 10 years old they try and think about what memories someone of 70 has. How difficult is that when you have only lived for 10 short years? Things like ‘losing your husband’, and becoming a grandparent.
I am so hopeful for the future when I see and hear the compassion and understanding of children today. They are our future, they are the people who will perhaps be caring for their parents one day.
I am simply in awe of the pupils today of Westlea Primary School in Seaham, County Durham. This is the second time I have been part of Dementia Friends Sessions in schools and I can’t wait to be part of more.
More importantly how wonderful is it that schools are so willing to be involve in becoming part of a Dementia Friendly Community. A lot of adults could learn something from their children I think.
At the end of April I will undertake my own Dementia Champion training so that I am able to take Dementia Friends Session as well and I look forward to that.