CPR Highlights Denver Students Working With Alzheimer’s Patients
Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin shared a great story late last week of students at Denver’s Graland Country Day School working with Alzheimer’s patients in the Denver area.
“Graland Country Day School in Denver has developed a comprehensive learning module for seventh graders focused on Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our goal here is intergenerational learning,” says Mark Gatlin, the seventh grade science teacher.
There is little research into and practice of “intergenerational” learning between adolescents and the elderly in the United States. It is more common in Europe. In England, hundreds of schools are termed “dementia-friendly.” Those schools give students a deeper understanding about dementia, and provide interaction between students and people with dementia. There are even teaching resources for schools to teach specifically about dementia.
The disease is widespread. In the U.S., one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In Colorado, there has been an 85 percent increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000. That means a generation of children who may not understand in a deep way what is happening to their grandparents.