Thursday, January 26, 2012

Talking with Kids about Alzheimer's disease

"What My Grandma Means to Say," a new video

Of course, dementia is caused by many diseases, not just A.D. and yet, the results are the same. My late father's brain tumour caused dementia symptoms that my 20-something children had some difficulty dealing with.

As a teacher, I found that talking and reading about issues helped kids understand. I created an amazon book list of books I found helpful dealing with dying and grief.

What Happened When Grandma Died Gentle Willow: Story For Children About Dying Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss On Death and Dying Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Helping Children with Complicated Grief - Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence and Abuse There is healing in talking and sharing our stories. My work in a children's bereavement therapy group demonstrated this. Whether you are 9 or 90, group therapy, support groups, sharing your grief helps. This particular group, mentored by the four young ladies, all high school students, worked with our clients, ages 7 to 11. These are photos of our student's work. We do not post photos of our clients, but their work is fabulous!

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