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Dementia Friends movement highlights importance of youth involvement this Universal Children’s Day

Tuesday 20 November 2018

20 November was Universal Children's Day and Dementia Friends (UK) used the occasion as a platform to highlight work being done in Costa Rica - the first country in Latin America to implement Dementia Friends. 13 year old Dementia Friends Champion Jose Pablo Roman is leading the youth and intergenerational approach in his country and has helped kick-start the Dementia Friends movement in schools around the country. He discovered Dementia Friends through his father (a volunteer with the National Alzheimer Association in Costa Rica).

“Dementia Friends helps create understanding about dementia…. It is important to work with communities [and to] raise awareness of dementia among the youth because they will continue the work started by older generations” Jose commented. The President of the National Alzheimer Association in Costa Rica, Dr Norbel Roman said, of their plans for a Dementia Friends youth approach:

“We are using the platform of Dementia Friends to influence the national educational system. With a message of sensitisation we plan to reach all educational systems and plan for school children to visit care homes as part of the curriculum.”