Explaining your parent’s Alzheimer’s disease to your child
can seem daunting, but communicating with them will help your children
understand the changes that they will witness in their beloved grandparent.
Talking to children about
Alzheimer’s care and symptoms can be difficult, but doing so is vital to prepare them for
the disease’s progression.
Prepare Your Children
While you may be tempted to wait to explain your parent’s Alzheimer’s
condition to your children, preparing them for the drastic changes that
they will see can make their interactions with their grandparent more
positive as the condition progresses. When prepared with expectations,
your children will react less drastically to your parent’s symptoms.
Remain Open with Your Children
As a parent, you shouldn’t hesitate to provide your children with
any information that you feel they should know regarding your parent’s
disease. By remaining as open as possible about Alzheimer’s disease
while remaining age-appropriate, you can help your children to better
handle situations with their grandparents. When talking to kids about
dementia, the best approach is to keep things simple and to educate them
using basic, non-medical terms that will help them understand what changes
to expect. For teenagers, you can explain that the disease is affecting
your parent’s brain, making it difficult for her to remember and
think the way she used to.
Embrace Your Children’s Emotions
Children can react to the information about their loved one’s Alzheimer’s
in a variety of ways, but you can expect that they will be overwhelmed
by the news and will display emotional responses. Whether they show anger,
sadness, or both, it’s vital that you embrace their emotions and
support their reactions. Be prepared to give your children time to process
what you tell them, and encourage them to ask questions while offering
comfort and understanding.
If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, contact
Avalon Memory Care today at (214) 752-7050. We have twenty assisted living
centers that provide exceptional
bedside care for Alzheimer’s patients in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.