Tuesday, January 11, 2022

What Should You Do If Your Loved One Is Just Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

 Finding out that your loved one (in my case, my grandmother) has Alzheimer's disease is scary and confusing.  I have a few pointers that I think can help!

Learn about the disease. Here is a good explanation for kids: https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/alzheimers.html?ref=search

Here are some resources for kids from the Alzheimer's Association https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/kids-teens/for_kids

Here are some important tips:

1) It is not your fault - Your family member may look the same on the outside but their brain on the inside is not working very well.

2) Be patient with your loved one. They may not remember things and may act differently but they are the same person inside.

3) You can still do fun things together!  Set the table, listen to music, look and photos, solve puzzles.

4) Realize that you are not alone. There are 1.8 million kids out there who have family members with the disease.

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