Alzheimer’s is a difficult concept for children to grasp. Even adults can struggle to explain the disease or be unsure about how to treat people with Alzheimer’s. Many people simply avoid the topic when talking to people with the disease in an effort to avoid making them feel uncomfortable or insulted.
But it’s also important that we continue to educate people on what Alzheimer’s is and how they can connect with someone who suffers from it. And what better way to understand more about Alzheimer’s than by asking someone who has it? That’s where Miriam comes in.
In the video below, 70-year-old Miriam meets several children and tells them about herself and her Alzheimer’s disease. The kids ask her some interesting questions, but she has an answer for everything and often another question to help the kids apply what she’s told them to their own lives.
The best part about this lovely lady is her ability to take everything in stride. Her smiling face and gentle voice are inspirational. May we all have an attitude this good as we age, as well as the ability to accept the failures of our bodies and minds with this much grace.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think of Miriam’s unique approach to explaining Alzheimer’s and the kids’ reactions!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?