Talking with Children about Alzheimer’s disease

When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren.

Talking with children is important. How much and what kind of information you share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s.

Here are some tips to help kids understand what is happening:

• Answer their questions simply and honestly. For example, you might tell a young child, “Grandma has an illness that makes it hard for her to remember things.”
• Help them understand that their feelings of sadness and anger are normal.
• Comfort them. Tell them no one caused the disease.

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