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Relationships and Alzheimer's disease

When someone has Alzheimer's disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. This resource list offers a selection of fiction and nonfiction books, articles, websites, and other materials that may help children and teenagers cope when a family member or friend has Alzheimer's. They can also help parents talk with their children about the disease.

Resources for Children and Teens About Alzheimer's Disease

Older man with Alzheimer's looking at menus with grandson

When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. It’s important to talk to them about what is happening. How much and what kind of information you share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s.Older man with Alzheimer's looking at menus with grandson

Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer's Disease

Older adults welcoming family with holiday presents

Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring.

Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Older man with Alzheimer's kissing his wife's hand

Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in intimacy and sexuality in both a person with the disease and the caregiver. The person with Alzheimer’s may be stressed by the changes in his or her memory and behaviors. Fear, worry, depression, anger, and low self-esteem (how much the person likes himself or herself) are common. The person may become dependent and cling to you. He or she may not remember your life together and feelings toward one another. The person may even fall in love with someone else.Older man with Alzheimer's kissing his wife's hand

Changes in Intimacy and Sexuality in Alzheimer's Disease