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What support do children need when a parent is diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

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Children will have a wide range of emotions about their parent's condition.

Young children may feel scared or worried that Mommy or Daddy can't remember things. Teens may have similar feelings and may be anxious about taking on added responsibilities.

Talk honestly with them about the disease and what to expect. Make sure to tell each person in an age-appropriate manner. The facts may be upsetting at first, but children are often relieved to find out what's caused a parent's change in behavior.

From: Early-Onset Dementia: A Caregiver's Guide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Early-Stage Caregiving," "i have younger-onset alzheimer's disease."  

Brodaty, H. , June 2009. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors," "The Stresses of Caregiving," "Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers."

National Institute on Aging: "Early-Onset Alzheimers."

National Institute for the Care of the Elderly: "Early Onset Dementia: Advice for Caregivers."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Early-Stage Caregiving," "i have younger-onset alzheimer's disease."  

Brodaty, H. , June 2009. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors," "The Stresses of Caregiving," "Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers."

National Institute on Aging: "Early-Onset Alzheimers."

National Institute for the Care of the Elderly: "Early Onset Dementia: Advice for Caregivers."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

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