A series of touching interviews between children and dementia sufferers has been produced ahead of a national week of action on the condition.
Dementia Action Week gets underway on Monday, and in honour of this the Alzheimer’s Society has asked people to engage with sufferers.
In a heart-warming video produced by the charity, several children are told to ask sufferers absolutely anything that comes to mind.
Questions posed include whether sufferers sometimes do silly things, if they still go out on dates and what they were like as a teenager.
Answers to these questions included putting milk in the dishwasher, leaving the house with no trousers and buying dates – but not going on dates.
In one of the most emotional moments, one child asks: ‘Do you ever get lonely?’
To which one of the interviewees responds: ‘Yes, I do. Very, very lonely. I’m on my own now, so I have to make the best of it.’
And in another response, another answers: ‘I know that one day I’m going to wake up and not know who anyone is.’
All the children also ask their interviewees if they have any life advice, with answers including: ‘Make sure you tell the people that you love, that you love them.’
Others urged the children to ‘treat every moment as though it’s your last’, while another said: ‘stay away from boys!’
The charity wants people to engage in conversation with dementia sufferers, saying it can help a great deal.
A spokesman said: ‘Many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to someone living with dementia, yet a friendly face or listening ear can make the world of difference.
‘This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation.
‘Whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.’
The charity claims its research shows that every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia.
And that two-thirds of people living with the condition have reported feeling isolated and lonely. ‘All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us,’ the charity says.
Alzheimer’s Society hopes that its video will show that people with dementia are still themselves and all people need to do is ask.
Dementia Action Week runs from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26. The charity is urging workplaces, school and communities to get involved.
The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions.
Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.