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.
I have heard people say that if they are ever diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they want to take a pill (or worse) and exit quickly rather than endure living with that quality of life. I nod that I understand that fear, but that I actually think having a stroke and being paralyzed may be worse. My dear "Second Mom" growing up,…