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How to talk to your kids about dementia
Posted on February 14, 2012

-December 2011(Source: Today's Parent Magazine December 2011)

How to talk to your kids about dementia


When dementia hits, it can be hard for kids to understand why their grandparent is changing. Here are some ways to help them adjust

When they were young school-agers, Sophie and Hailey Hanson, of Toronto, loved visiting their baba Estelle. She always asked her granddaughters what they learned at school and how they felt about things. A talented musician, she often serenaded the girls on piano. And she never missed their dance or music recitals.

But Estelle started to show some troubling symptoms. "My mom seemed self-centred and had trouble following conversations," says her daughter, Marla Schacter. An experienced baker, Estelle called one day and asked what icing sugar was. "That's when I knew," says Schacter. Estelle was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 75.

To read the full story click here: http://www.todaysparent.com/health/mental-health/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-dementia

 

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