Pre-teens and teenagers tend to want to fit in with their peers. Most kids, during those years, are keenly aware of any differences between their family and that of their friends. How do these kids cope when a grandparent or a parent has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia?
My sons were young teens when their grandfather had surgery that left him with dementia. Literally overnight, the boys saw their loving, intelligent grandfather become a confused, delusional stranger. The looks on their faces told me everything I needed to know. These boys were deeply wounded. They had their own struggle to face in order to accept what had happened to their grandfather.