I felt the need to explain Alzheimer’s to our three young grandchildren and this is what I eventually came up with:-

“Papa has an illness called Alzheimer’s that makes him act the way he does. It’s like having a broken leg, but with Papa, a little piece of his brain is broken and does not work the way it used to work.

  • And that’s why he asks you the same questions over and over again.
  •  Because of this illness, he can’t remember what you told him yesterday.
  •  Because of this illness, he forgets how to use the television remote.
  •  Because of this illness, he sometimes falls asleep when you are in the middle of telling him something very important.
  • Because of this illness, he forgets people’s names.
  •  BUT, the part of Papa’s brain that is for loving, is still working very well, and I know that he loves you all very much.”


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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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