When a grandparent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, it can be hard for children to understand the changes taking place in their loved one. Personality changes, confusion, agitation and memory loss can be upsetting to children, and education on Alzheimer's is a first step to helping them cope. Books and support groups are a way to get the conversation started.
OurAlzheimer's writer Dorian Martin's mother died over the weekend from Alzheimer's disease (and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD). Dorian is a talented writer and a devoted daughter. She and I discussed publicly, on OurAlzheimer's, as well as privately, the questions we asked ourselves as we publicized our loved ones' struggles with…