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Alzheimer's is Hard for Teens Too


Updated: November 26, 2006

Teen Readers Share Their Story About Alzheimer's

Please note that this is a personal story submitted by an About.com reader.

Alzheimer's disease is often very distressing for kids and teens. When a loved grandparent, family friend or in some cases, a parent get's Alzheimers it can be a scary, confusing and unhappy time.

Tina Schimmel wrote:

"Alzheimers disease Is no laughing matter. My family is having a hard time right now. My grandmother has Alzheimer's. She's had it for awhile now and is getting really bad. She doe'nt remember alot of thing's but the past, what she use to do with my grandfather who passed away 7 year's ago. She do'ent remember us grand kids or her own children that well. It's very sad watching someone you love drift away from you. Just a few months ago we found out she has cancer. When they tried to go in and get it, it had spread. Now they are saying they give her only 4 to 6 week's to live."

Tina writes so well about her feeings. The sadness of coping with the loss of the grandparent she knew. Finding it so difficult that her grandmother is unable to recognise her. Now she is having to face the fact that her grandmother will soon die.

Children and teens sometimes get left out when the family struggles to cope with everything.
Kerry writes:

"My grandpa would talk to me, but I could not understand what he was saying, what he was trying to say. A few times he has gotten really angry. I thought I was doing something wrong, that it was my fault. I knew he was ill but I did not know what Alzheimer's meant.

I was scared and upset. My Mom found me crying and all the hurt and upset just fell out of me. My Mom had not realized how I was feeling. She said she had been so busy and upset herself. We cried together. It was after that that we all made sure we knew what was happening and why. It makes things a bit better."

Tips for Teens and Alzheimer's

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions

  • Tell your family how you feel

  • Tell your parents when you need help coping
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