Parents and grandchildren need to realize that Alzheimer’s is a part of some people’s lives, just as various illnesses and disabilities are. Do you want your children to forget their grandparents as they become less able to take an active part in their lives, have an illness or look and act older? Generally you don’t. But many people want to protect children from Alzheimer’s.
My grandchildren enjoyed visiting my mom, their great grandmother. Even though she didn’t recognize them as family members, as she eventually didn’t recognize me, she seemed to enjoy their visits. The young children looked forward to visits wih Great Grandma and the nursing home where they entertained her and other patients.
My granddaughter, about 8-years at the time, was asked why she visited Great Grandma when GG didn’t know who Kara was. “Because it makes her happy,” Kara replied.
I then knew we were doing the right thing by enabling the children to visit their great grandmother.
What about you? Are you preparing your children and grandchildren to accept their Alzheimer’s family members and help make the elderly happy?