When a relative develops Alzheimer’s, helping children and teens comprehend what’s happening is a challenge, but these books about Alzheimer’s for young readers can be an invaluable resource.
One of the most heart-wrenching moments a parent can imagine is their child asking “What’s happening to Grandma?” It can be difficult for young people to come to terms with the fact that an older relative is suffering from memory loss or dementia, and just as difficult for parents to explain the situation. Fortunately, a number of excellent books are available to help children and teens learn about Alzheimer’s and reassure them that they aren’t alone.
Because it’s all too easy to get lost in lists of facts and symptoms, it’s important to seek out quality reading when it’s time to introduce young people to the idea of Alzheimer’s. Books can introduce this difficult subject in a gentler way, give children insight into the disease, and also help parents guide discussions.
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Older children and teenagers may be able to get a grip on the science of Alzheimer’s, but they may still benefit from reading stories about characters going through a similar situation.
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