Information for Young People
Dementia can affect young people too. Learning about dementia and what happens to the brain when people start to lose their memories and get confused, will help them to talk about it with their families, friends or someone from Jersey Alzheimer’s Association.
It may be difficult understanding what it is like for the person with dementia and how they are feeling. A person with dementia once described what it was like by saying: ‘It’s as though bits of my mind are still awake and bits have gone to sleep or start imagining things.’ But it is important that you still treat them the same as you always have done otherwise this may confuse the person with dementia even more.
Another person with dementia described the feeling as: ‘Recent events can quickly slip my mind. There is a lot of frustration due to misplacing things. I know they are close by, but I don’t seem to recognise the objects that I’m looking for. I could cry. Conversing is no longer fun. It is difficult because I can’t remember what I was going to say, or if it has already been said. I repeat myself. I seem to hop from one task to another and seldom complete anything. My short-term memory has gone from bad to worse.’ Try and put yourselves in their shoes and remember that it is not the person’s fault – it’s the disease’s.
Can you imagine how it would feel if you went into town to meet your friends and they didn’t remember who you were?
Can you imagine spending the day on your favourite beach, but then you couldn’t remember the way home?
Can you imagine what it would be like if your brain got confused and sent you the wrong messages so that you couldn’t make sense of what is happening around you?
These are some of the things that people with dementia experience.
Did you know?
There are over 100 types of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia contributing to 60-70% of all causes. (WHO)