What is Alzheimer? What are its causes, effects and medications? (5/6)

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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.

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