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Introduction to School Toolkit

Introduction to School Toolkit

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month which is an opportunity for global conversations to be held about the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia and 5.8 million Americans are currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Join us in increasing awareness and combating this disease and help us accomplish our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

This Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Toolkit is intended for use by educators and contains lesson plans and activities for students across all age levels. Topics include Alzheimer’s disease biology, normal aging versus dementia, and brain healthy behaviors. The goal of this toolkit is to increase awareness of dementia and brain health in schools while destigmatizing dementia through age-appropriate lessons and activities.

Why use this toolkit?

Over 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and one quarter of these caregivers belong to the sandwich generation, meaning that they care not only for an aging parent but also for children under the age of 18. Many of your students and their parents may be directly or indirectly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias at home or in the community.

With this toolkit you can:

  • Increase student education on one of the largest public health concerns in the US
  • Utilize fun lesson plans and activities for students for hands-on learning
  • Easily pick and choose which interactive lessons and activities to use
  • Use either printable or electronic versions of the material based on your preference
  • Connect students to volunteer opportunities and ways to get more involved in their community

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We work on a national and local level to provide care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the state and federal level. For more information or resources, visit alz.org or contact our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Grades K-2

How the Brain Works and How it Goes Wrong in Alzheimer’s disease
  1. How the Brain Works and How it Goes Wrong in Alzheimer’s disease
    1. Lesson Plan
    2. How the Brain Works
      1. Brain coloring sheets
      2. Brain Maze
Destigmatizing Dementia: Symptoms, Impact on Community
  1. Destigmatizing Dementia: Symptoms, Impact on Community
      1. Lesson Plan
      2. Video – what it’s like living with dementia
      3. Sensory Experience – living with dementia
        1. Activity to learn more about what it’s like living with dementia
      4. Books and Links for kids
        1. Materials from alz.org

Grades 3-6

How the Brain Works and How it Goes Wrong in Alzheimer’s disease
  1. How the Brain Works and How it Goes Wrong in Alzheimer’s disease
      1. Lesson Plan
      2. How the Brain Works (PowerPoint)
        1. Slides depicting basic brain structures, important areas for memory, structure of the neuron, neurotransmission (can be just background for teacher)
      3. What happens to the brain with Alzheimer’s disease?
        1. Slides (PowerPoint) discussing Alzheimer’s pathology, brain changes (this is a PowerPoint download)
        2. Cut and paste activity about pathology
      4. Detecting and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease activity
        1. Slides (PowerPoint) showcasing what a doctor’s visit would include and amyloid PET imaging
        2. Activity (slides or handout) testing knowledge of brain imaging and amyloid PET imaging
Destigmatizing Dementia: Symptoms, Impact on Community
    1. Lesson plan
    2. Normal Aging or Alzheimer’s disease?
      1. Cut and paste activity on brain changes across the lifespan activity
    3. Video – what it’s like living with dementia
    4. Sensory Experience – living with dementia
      1. Activity to learn more about what it’s like living with dementia
    5. Books and Links for kids
      1. Supplemental materials from alz.org

Grades 7-12

How the Brain Works and How it Goes Wrong in Alzheimer’s disease
  1. Lesson Plan
  2. How the Brain Works (PowerPoint)
    1. Slides depicting basic brain structures, important areas for memory, structure of the neuron, neurotransmission
  3. What happens to the brain with Alzheimer’s disease? (PowerPoint)
    1. Slides discussing Alzheimer’s pathology, brain changes
  4. Detecting and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease activity
    1. Slides (PowerPoint) showcasing what a doctor’s visit would include and amyloid PET imaging
    2. Activity (slides or handout) testing knowledge of brain imaging and amyloid PET imaging
Destigmatizing Dementia: Symptoms, Impact on Community