When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren.
- Answer their questions simply and honestly. For example, you might tell a young child, “Grandma has an illness that makes it hard for her to remember things.”
- Help them know that their feelings of sadness and anger are normal.
- Comfort them. Tell them no one caused the disease. Young children may think they did something to hurt their grandparent.
- Talk with kids about their concerns and feelings.
- Help your child understand what is happening and learn how to cope.