Dementia Awareness in CALD Communities across the Generations

Funded by the Department of Health and Ageing in 2010, the Dementia Awareness in CALD Communities Project aimed to raise awareness amongst young people from CALD backgrounds about dementia and how it may affect older people in the community. The project included the following activities:

  • Information sessions and activities for English as a Second Language (ESL) secondary students about dementia;
  • Visits to dementia specific aged care services for ESL secondary students;
  • Linking ESL secondary students with members from CALD senior citizens clubs to present and share what they have learnt about dementia.

For further information on this project please contact Robyn Clark on 9275 6903 or email

To download the Evaluation Report and resources from the project please click on the relevant links below. The Migrant Information Centre encourages you to use these resources with acknowledgement to the MIC as required.

Dementia PowerPoint Presentation & Brain TeasersThis presentation is appropriate for Year 8 & 9 ESL/mainstream students. It covers the types of dementia, symptoms, the brain and how to prevent dementia. Several brain teasers and worksheets are found throughout.Download
Student WorksheetsA collection of student worksheets that were used throughout the dementia awarness project.Download
Evaluation ReportThe final Evaluation Report of the Project.Download
Back-to-Back Communication ActivityCommunication is an important skill to have when visiting people with dementia. This activity helps students to understand that effective communication encompasses a variety of skills including body language, eye contact, clear speech and listening. Students will exepeience what it is like to have limited communication through this activity.Rules
Communication Dos and Don’ts ActivityStudents are given a set of cards which describe an action (e.g. Be calm and patient). Students are required to place each action under ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ and explain their choice.Answer Sheet
Dementia Prevention Memory GameThe well known memory (or concentration) game with a theme of dementia prevention. Students can play in pairs or groups of three and learn about ways to try to prevent dementia.Rules