(HealthDay News) -- If someone in your family is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it is important to talk with children about what is happening, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says.
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The amount of information you share should depend on the child's age and maturity.
The agency suggests how to help kids understand Alzheimer's:
- Answer questions simply and honestly.
- Help kids understand that feelings of sadness and anger are expected.
- Comfort children, telling them that no one caused the disease.
- Identify activities that the child can do with the person with Alzheimer's, such as an arts and crafts project, playing music, looking through photographs or reading a story aloud.
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