My Grandmum, My Papu, My Grandpa and Me is a new animated series produced by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW which features three children, Ezekiel, aged six, Bibi, aged nine, and Julia, aged 11, talking about their experiences of their grandparent with dementia, in their own words.
You can see all the animations in the series here:
The CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, The Hon. John Watkins, said the aim of the series was to start a conversation among families living with dementia to help children better understand what changes may be happening to their grandparent.
“This age group, while not the primary carers of a person with dementia, are still affected by the condition and we thought it was very important to give them a voice,” Mr Watkins said.
“The insights contained in these short animations are amazing – very powerful and quite emotional.
“We hope these will encourage families to talk more about dementia, about how the condition may be affecting their grandparent and how they relate to their grandchild.
“We also want to give hope that there can still be that really special relationship between the grandparent and grandchild, even if the grandparent has dementia.
“It may be a different sort of relationship because of the dementia, but it can still be a really powerful, valuable and special relationship nonetheless.”
Mr Watkins said while there were many great children’s books that dealt with this topic, there was a gap in terms of this sort of resource.
“There are not the same amounts of accessible resources for this age group as there are for adults, so we wanted to start to fill that gap with this series,” Mr Watkins said.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW worked with Wollongong-based digital production house Why Documentaries to make the series. The animator was Nick Davlouros.
Anyone wanting to speak to someone about dementia and memory loss concerns and issues for themselves or others can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. This is a free and confidential service and the phones are manned Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
You can see the great story done by A Current Affair on the series here.
You can also see another great story featuring Bibi on WIN News in Wollongong here.
Hi Silvana, You can also try to view them on our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/alzheimersaustralia. Let us know what you think! Thanks, Sarah
Unfortunately when I try to view the children's video via the link on FB, it doesn't work. Is there anywhere else I can view it? Regards, Silvana Amalfi