During the summer, children are more likely to spend time visiting their grandparents and sometimes, they are being cared for and supervised by their grandparents when school is closed.
Children who don’t see their grandparents often during the school year may find the changes in grandma or grandpa to be upsetting or frightening. Little ones may shy away or cry. Older children may become angry or withdrawn. This can be very upsetting to both the child and to the person with memory loss.
As parents, we recognize that the relationship our children have with their grandparents is an important one and we want to try to nurture and preserve it to the best of our ability.
We can help young children begin to understand Alzheimer’s disease by reading to them and using well written books to help explain what is happening to the person they love.
Older children and teenagers usually need a bit more help. They are more cognizant and they usually have a lot more questions and concerns. Often, they are reluctant to talk about how they feel.
The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center started our Coaching for Kids program to help parents help their kids. We offers a teen support group, an online, professionally supervised Facebook Group and a variety of age appropriate books to help parents and children understand Alzheimer’s disease while learning ways in which they can continue to enjoy a strong, loving relationship with their grandparent.
Our Coaching for Kids™ program also provides one-on-one education, counseling, guidance and support.