Alzheimer's Caregiving

Frequently Asked Questions

6. How can you help children understand Alzheimer’s disease?

You can help young children understand Alzheimer’s by answering their questions simply and honestly. For example, you might tell a young child, "Grandpa has an illness that makes it hard for him to remember things." Know that their feelings of sadness and anger are normal. Comfort them. Tell them they didn't cause the disease.

Show children they can still talk with the person and help them enjoy things. Doing fun things together, like arts and crafts or looking through photo albums, can help both the child and the person with Alzheimer’s.