How To Help Children When Grandparents Have Alzheimer’s

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    grandparent and grandsonAlzheimer’s disease impacts family life. Take the time to talk with the children and teens in your family so that they understand what is happening to the person with Alzheimer’s.

    The degree to which children and teens are affected by the disease depends on who has it — a parent or grandparent, relative or friend. Other factors include how close the child or teen is to the person and where the person lives (in the same home, assisted living or nursing home, out-of-state, etc.).

    If you visit a loved one who has Alzheimer disease, try to be patient. Remind your child that  he or she may have good days and bad days. It can be sad if you no longer are able to have fun in the same ways together.

    Children and teens may feel:

    • Sad about changes in a loved one’s personality and behavior
    • Confused or afraid about why the person behaves differently
    • Worried that the disease is contagious and that they will get it
    • Worried that their parents might develop the disease
    • Angry and frustrated by the need to repeat activities or questions
    • Guilty for getting angry or being short-tempered with the person
    • Jealous and resentful because of the increased amount of time and attention that is given to the person with Alzheimer’s
    • Embarrassed to have friends or other visitors to the house

    On the next page find information on how you can get your child to cope.

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