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How can I include my child when visiting a loved one who has dementia?

While it is important to include children, it is just as vital to consider their feelings. Address the fear factor by helping them have special moments with their relative who has dementia. If their loved one uses inappropriate language or easily becomes angry during the visit, explain that this behavior is not personal or intentional, but that it is part of the disease. Youngsters' excitement can be contagious. Singing songs together can strike a chord for someone with dementia. Or having an elder teach dominoes to children is a good way to foster interaction and make your loved one feel they have something to offer.

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