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Grandparents Day and Dementia

Grandmother and granddaughter readingNearly 40 years ago, Jimmy Carter penned a proclamation declaring the first Sunday following Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. It’s a remembrance close to our hearts, as we are blessed to care for so many grandparents (and GREAT-grandparents!) at Autumn Leaves.

We know that a dementia diagnosis can be tough for grandchildren, who may not understand the changes they see in their beloved grandparent. We encourage you to be open and honest with them. Acknowledge their feelings, which may include sadness, fear, or even anger. Teach them how to communicate with their grandparent in a meaningful way and encourage them to think of a few creative activity ideas to do together when you visit. Whether it’s sorting baseball cards or working on a puzzle, time spent together is priceless.

Most importantly, remind them that even though memories may fade, a grandparent’s love is eternal.