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Sometimes life surprises us with setbacks that, if they are difficult for adults to understand, let's not even talk about how children can understand them. One of these unforeseen events that destiny puts in our way, as if it were a bump to be overcome, is Alzheimer's. It is a degenerative disease that children face through the eyes of their grandparents. How can you talk about Alzheimer's with children? Once again, we turn to children's stories, the ideal tool to chat with our children about topics that are difficult to digest.
Older children, as well as parents, are the ones who are going to be most excited and understand this story entitled "Penelope's grandparents", that talks about a woman who returns to her grandparents' house when they need her most.
When he got to the low house he knocked on the door.
- So, so, so, so, so!
- It's here! - Penelope said, stroking her little one's hair.
- So, so, so, so, so! - He called again insistently.
- Helloaaaaaaa? - Shouted the young woman with the child in her arms.
- Who are you looking for? - Suddenly he heard that they asked him behind his back.
That voice was awfully familiar. He turned around with a big smile.
There it was, just as I remembered it: grayer hair, much more wrinkled, but he had no doubt, it was his grandmother Julia!
- Grandma! - He said hugging her affectionately -. I'm back!
The woman approached her, looked at her carefully and said:
- I do not know who you are…
Then the boy began to cry, diverting the attention of the two women towards him.
- She's hungry - Penelope said, puzzled, - it's time to give her her bottle.
The old woman pushed open the door of the house and gestured for him to go behind her.
Penelope felt a pleasant tingling in her stomach as she entered the house. He had received so much love between those four walls.
The room was exactly the same as it was in his memory: the same paintings, the same triplet, the same lamps, even the same photographs on the glass table. She approached slowly and saw that in one of them, as she remembered, she appeared as a child with her parents. He took the photograph in his hands and showed it to his grandmother.
- Grandma! This is me - he said, pointing a finger at the girl in the image, feeling that something was wrong.
- Where is grandpa? Penelope asked.
Before I answered a man's voice yelled from outside.
- Julia! Luckily you managed to get there!
- Grandfather! - Penelope yelled happily.
They stood looking at each other, face to face: it had been so long since they had seen each other!
The man opened his arms and Penelope pounced on them, like when she was little. He no longer wanted to leave. He couldn't leave his grandfather alone taking care of his grandmother with Alzheimer's. Life took her there when she was most needed.
Some studies say that one of the best ways to prevent the development of Alzheimer's, or at least delay it, is to be with your grandchildren. Fighting dementia It is possible thanks to the activity that these grandparents maintain by having to watch and play with their grandchildren.
However, when unfortunately one of the four grandparents develops this disease, it is necessary to talk with the children about what is happening. Even if they seem completely immersed in their games and drawings, your children will realize that grandpa or granny is not like before. Telling them clearly, always taking into account their age, will help them to face the new family situation, prepare for the increase in dementia and feel part of the family group.
There are different ways to introduce children to this disease.
1. Other stories about Alzheimer's
You can read other books and poetry that include characters suffering from this disease. This is the case of "Everardo, the cook of romanceros". Talk about a chef who always cooks his recipes creating verses. But one day, he begins to forget them.
2. Search for information on the Internet
If your children are a little older, you can research on the Internet about this disease. Although it is a task that your children will surely be fully capable of doing on their own, it is advisable to accompany them at all times. We must explain everything they find to them (since it will surely reach websites in which they use a complex vocabulary) and give them the keys to understand dementia.
3. Take the child to the affected grandparent
Just because grandpa or grandma have started to develop Alzheimer's doesn't mean that your kids can't spend time with them anymore. In fact, the elderly will do well to reconnect with the world around them and your children will strengthen their bond with it. Therefore, you should look for moments when you could all be together.
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