Parents naturally want to protect their children, and rightly so. However, when Alzheimer’s or similar conditions are going to be a part of a child’s life, it’s important that he or she is given information to explain what is going on. It helps if parents explain, in an age appropriate manner, that:
A loved one has dementia, a condition that causes many kinds of changes.
The condition can’t be cured, but there are things that can be done to help.
Neither the child nor anyone else in the house is any danger of “catching” dementia.
Even though the loved one may behave differently now, he or she still appreciates feeling loved, wanted, and involved.
The parents are here to answer any questions the child may have.Make suggestions.
Once the child understands what is going on, it helps if the parents explain in what particular ways the loved one is presenting with dementia.
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