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My Grandma Has Dementia – Helping Kids Understand

My Grandma Has Dementia – Helping Kids Understand

My Grandma Has Dementia – Helping Kids Understand. Coping with a grandparent's dementia diagnosis can be challenging for the entire family, particularly for young children who may not fully understand the changes happening to someone they love.

When helping children cope with a grandparent's dementia diagnosis, explain the situation in simple terms and encourage questions. Focus on acknowledging their emotions and reassure them it's okay to feel sad or confused. Encourage maintaining a connection with the grandparent, emphasizing patience and kindness. Read children's books like "My Grandma Has Dementia" to aid understanding and facilitate conversation. Set realistic expectations about their grandparent's behavior and help them create a memory box to cherish shared memories. Offer ongoing support, and if needed, seek professional help to guide them through the emotional challenges.

Our Guest:

Alex Winstanley, author of My Grandma Has Dementia, chatted with me to share a bit about his whirlwind of a year writing his award winning children's book about dementia. As a child, Alex watched his mother act as caregiver for his grandmother and struggled to understand what his grandmother was going through.


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Kids as Alzheimer’s Caregivers

The Amazing Zoe & Grandma's Memory Box


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