Hong Kong children spot dementia in elderly

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Hong Kong are being trained to spot signs of dementia in their elderly relatives, in an innovative project that has attracted Australian attention.  

The pilot program involved 43 schools in which children filled out questionnaires with their parents to identify possible dementia in elderly family members. 

The survey asked about noticeable declines in the memory of elderly family members over the previous two years and if they had ever complained of losing personal belongings or accused a family member of stealing. 

The survey found 17% of respondents had an elderly family member with significant memory loss. 
 The authors said the project would assist in early diagnosis and treatment of elderly people with dementia in the community. 
 The program has been run in Tai Po in collaboration between the Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association, school parent-teacher associations and