New Radio Segment Helps Children Whose Family Members Have Dementia

When dementia strikes, all members of a family are affected—including children. Younger children might struggle with the concept of memories and how they can fade away. Others might not know how to interact with their grandparents, who are now forgetful and repeat themselves. When a grandparent lives at home, kids might be reluctant to invite their friends to their house. Dementia Friendly Missoula recently partnered with Montana Public Radio (MTPR), on a 30-minute radio segment, When Alzheimer’s Moves into the Family, that aired as part of a new initiative on MTPR’s long-standing children’s program, The Pea Green Boat. The new initiative, Kids Like You and Me, focuses on stories and interviews with children who have experienced what it’s like to be different from other children. The project was truly intergenerational: MTPR and DFM worked with a semi-retired librarian, two students who are members of a local high school’s Health Occupations Students of America club, a six-year old whose great-grandmother has Alzheimer’s, a retired physician and former caregiver.