Explaining dementia to children and young people
Finding out that someone close to you has dementia, and coping with the ongoing illness, can be distressing for anyone, including children and young people. This factsheet explains how children and young people can be affected when someone close to them has dementia. It suggests how parents can talk to their children about dementia and ways to help them feel secure and involved.
Dementia can create some very challenging situations for families and social groups. It can be hard to know how much to explain to children and young people. It is natural to want to protect children from difficult or confusing situations. However, it is important to explain to them what is going on. For more information please follow this link to the Alzheimers website.