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Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's
By Michael Plontz

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Q - Can I, or my mom or dad catch Alzheimer’s disease?

A - Alzheimer’s is not contagious, so, no, you can’t catch it like you would a cold.

Q - What will happen next?

A - Here the parent must judge how much information the child can handle.  The best thing to do is reassure them that you love them no matter what happens.

With teenagers the questions will probably be a bit more complicated.  They can see things from different perspectives.  The best thing to do is to inquire about how they’re feeling, and what can be done to make them feel better.  Regardless of the age of the child, open communication is the key to success in weathering the Alzheimer’s storm.


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