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The Dementia Diaries Project

Just recently we had the launch of my book, The Dementia Diaries.

It’s a book for young people about dementia and what it is, in a language they can relate to.  It follows four young people: FRED, BREE, SAM and SARAH as they learn about their grandparents’ dementia, and chronicle it in their diaries. It’s filled with illustrations and drawings, each in a specific style depending on the different young person. It was a lot of fun to produce. I could talk ad-nauseum about the process, but why don’t you just watch this documentary I made instead:

Right in the feelings! This has been without a doubt, a labor of love for everyone involved. The goal of changing the way Dementia is perceived is a great one, and I hope that in our own little way we can spread some understanding of what dementia is, and how to act around it. We even put together this musical video (song by Tom Godfrey aka Busker Rhymes) to help publicize the book. It’s called The Braincell Boogie. You can watch it here:

It’s working too! As you can see from the coverage from the BBC!

So far the book has been really well received, and it’s spreading! By now it should be in almost every school in Kent and Surrey. And hopefully soon even further afield. I felt I needed to put down in words and images, so you can see the process. This has been the highlight of my career so far. I never thought I could do good for the world with my little videos and scribbles.

So here’s to doing more good!

Thanks to the SILK team at the Kent County Council for letting me do this, and to all the families we interviewed. This has been quite an adventure.