EXPLAINING DEMENTIA

and

MEMORY LOSS

to

YOUNG CHILDREN

 

TOP 10 TIPS

1. BE HONEST. Don’t just blame a change in behaviour on old age. Even young children deserve to be told the truth.

2. DON’T BE SCARED. You may not want to talk to them about this subject, since you might think it will frighten them. On the other hand it may be a relief for them to know that there is a good reason for this change in behaviour.

3. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Give them an explanation in a way they can understand, without using complicated medical terms. explaining dementia

4. OFFER REASSURANCE. Tell them you are always there for them if they need to talk about anything. Let them know that even though you may be feeling upset, angry or frustrated that it’s not their fault and that you still love them very much.

5. ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS. Make them aware that they can ask you as many questions as they need to about dementia.

6. ASK HOW THEY ARE FEELING. Try to find out how explaining about dementia is making them feel. Get them to open up and talk about their feelings, rather than bottle them up.

7. TRY TO BE PATIENT. You may need to have more than one discussion. Try to be as calm and patient as possible, as it may be very hard for them to deal with.

8. MAKE IT FUN. Try to laugh with them about some of the situations which can often help you to cope better.

9. GET THEM INVOLVED. Encourage them to spend time with the person who has dementia. Get them to play games, listen to music or even make up a memory box of photographs and things that they remember in their lives.

10. HEALTHY EATING AND EXCERCISING YOUR BRAIN. Explain to them the importance of eating a healthy diet and keeping their mind and body fit.