Wednesday Workshop – Helping Children Understand Alzheimer’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can affect everyone in the family including children and teens. It’s important to have conversations to explain what is happening. Depending on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s disease, you can determine how much and what kind of information you share with them.
Below are a few tips to help kids understand what is going on with their love one.
- Honestly answer their questions but do it as simply as possible. For example, you could say something like, “Grandma has an illness that makes it difficult for her to remember things.”
- It’s okay to let them know that their feelings of angry and/or sadness are normal.
- Comfort them. Let them know that the disease is no one’s fault.
It’s always a good idea to talk with kids about their worries and emotions. Some child tend to hold back on talking about their feelings, but you may see changes in how they act. They might begin to have problems at school, with friends or at home. For children like this, a school counselor may help the child cope.
For teenagers, they may find it hard to accept how their loved one is changing. He/she may find it upsetting to continue a relationship with their loved one. Try not to force them to spend time together. This could make things worse. Instead, give a teenager some information about Alzheimer’s disease or buy books that explain the condition.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.