ERIC Number: ED413990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-30
Talking with Children and Teens about Alzheimer's Disease: A Question and Answer Guidebook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers.
McCrea, James M.
Professionals in the fields of nursing, education, health care, recreation, and social work, who specialize in dealing with Alzheimer's disease, wrote answers to questions collected from discussion sessions held at four Pennsylvania elder facilities and made suggestions for talking to young people about the disease and its impact. This guidebook presents those answers to commonly asked questions to help parents, teachers, and caregivers address issues pertaining to Alzheimer's disease. The questions are grouped into seven categories: (1) discussing Alzheimer's disease with preschool and school-age children; (2) dealing with questions about personality changes; (3) raising awareness of Alzheimer's; (4) coping with behaviors such as dress and personal hygiene, physical and verbal behavior; (5) understanding memory loss; (6) responding to the Alzheimer's adult, and discussing issues such as fear embarrassment, resentment, compassion and empathy; and (7) social interactions, such as involvement and relationship with the Alzheimer's adult. In addition to the questions and answers, the guidebook describes recommended intergenerational activities which can be used with Alzheimer's adults either in a group or one-on-one. Finally, the guidebook provides an annotated bibliography of books for children and youth, preschool to 12th grade, relating to Alzheimer's disease, as well as videos and media information. (Contains 66 references.) (AA)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Alzheimers Disease, Elementary Education, Family Relationship, Frail Elderly, Health Education, Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Preschool Education, Special Health Problems
Generations Together Publications, University of Pittsburgh, 121 University Place, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; phone: 412-648-2209 (Publication No. 138, $12.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Aging, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Center for Social and Urban Research.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Generations Together.