This video from Alzheimer Society of British Columbia has some great tips for talking
to teens and children about dementia and the effects it may have on the adults around
them. Something parents may not consider is how aware teens and children are of the
emotions of others around them; they know when things are different or people are
upset about something. They may not need a full complex explaination, but they should
be informed that there is a reason for changes in the behavior of a loved one.
Children and teens also need to be informed how to deal with those changes and where
to get help coping or adjusting to their new role with a family member who has
Below is the list of topics covered in the video:
- How children and teens may be feeling
- Ways to help thme cop
- Communication tips they can use
- How to involve them with the person with dementia
- Som activities they can do with the person with dementia
- Signs that they may be having difficulties coping
As a parent or adult in the life of the child, one of the best things you can do is
to be honest and give an age appropriate description of what is happening. Give an
answer to all questions; if you can not answer something, let the child be a part of
finding an answer and looking into it. Likewise, allow some time to just talk without
immediately having to solve all their problems. Be careful not to give them too much
responsibility; let them help in ways that are age appropriate and not overwhelming.
Also, educate the child on ways to communicate better with a loved one who has
dementia. Tell the child about specific ways to help their loved one and spend time together.