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Are my grandchildren too young to understand Alzheimer's?

How do I tell my grandchildren (ages 5 & 8) that I have Alzheimer's?
Status: Open    Nov 28, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Dementia, Relationships

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Dec 21, 2014 - 11:31 AM

There are a few books that may assist you in discussing Alzheimer's Disease with your children or grandchildren. What's Happening With Grandpa is recommended for children starting as early as 6 years old and both should be available wherever book are sold.

What's Happening With Grandpa - http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Happening...

Still My Grandma - http://www.amazon.com/Still-Grandma-V...

Both books have moved me to tears and are on my shelf for my children when they are old enough to understand about the residents their dad works with every day.

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Dec 01, 2014 - 05:09 PM

My children were 7 and 10 when my mother began displaying signs of Alzheimer's. I told tham that she had trouble remembering things. My mother would ask the same questions over and over. What I told my children to do was" just answer the question again as if you had never heard it before." You don't have to explain Alzheimer's to your grandchildren. Just tell that it's harder to remember new things than old things. Best wishes to you.
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