When children visit a grandma or grandpa with Alzheimer’s, they may become scared or confused. But being honest with them in an age-appropriate way can help ease their concerns. They may even feel comfortable playing a role in caregiving.
It’s hard to know how much to explain to a child when Grandma or Grandpa has Alzheimer’s. Although the grandparent may decline slowly, children will notice subtle changes. Whether it’s a forgotten name, repeating a story or something similar, kids will ask questions.
As the Alzheimer’s Society describes, honesty is the best route to take. Being told the truth helps children develop coping skills. Without knowing the facts, children might blame themselves for Grandma’s or Grandpa’s behavior. They might also feel guilty or scared.
People with Alzheimer’s benefit from visits, and grandchildren will appreciate the memories. But it’s important to prepare children for what to expect. What can you do to make a visit to a grandma or grandpa with Alzheimer’s go as smoothly as possible? Consider these tips. (Sources: Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Association):
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