Explaining Alzheimer's to Children
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disturbing experience to watch, even for adults. For children, it can be far worse as their beloved grandpa forgets them, acts oddly, or changes his personality. It is important to explain this to the children so they can understand what is happening and work with or around it, rather than feel ashamed of the AD-affected relative, guilty for being ashamed, depressed, and confused.
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AD is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, often associated with the formation of abnormal deposits of beta-amyloid protein, as well as tangles of the neurofibrillary protein called tau. The primary manifestation of this condition is cognitive impairment, involving memory loss, reduced thinking skills, difficulty in finding words to communicate, poor reasoning and judgment, and eventually a loss of independence. …
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