It's normal to feel many different emotions but some can be very difficult to cope with. Here are some things you can do to help:
- Talk about it.
Don’t try to hide your feelings. Talk to someone you trust.
This can be hard, especially if the person you’d like to talk to is dealing with his or her own feelings. You may worry that it might upset them to talk about it, or that they have too much to do. But they would much rather you talked to them than worried.
Some children find it helpful to speak to friends, or other people who are experiencing the same thing. If you can’t think of anyone you can talk to, visit the links page for ideas about where to get help and support.
- Be yourself.
It’s normal to feel happy, to laugh, and to think about the other things that are happening in your life. Don’t feel bad about being yourself. When things don’t go to plan, remember that it’s not your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong.
- Ask questions.
If you see, hear, or read something that makes you feel worried, scared, angry or upset, ask someone about it. If they don’t know the answer themselves, they can help you to find somebody who does. It can feel simpler to search for answers on the Internet, but everyone with dementia is different. What is true for one person may not be true for your relative, or your family.
Click on the words below to read about feelings and experiences that other children and young people have shared.
- What is dementia?
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- What happens to someone with dementia?
- Why do people with dementia change so much?
- Why do simple things become difficult for people with dementia?
- What does it feel like to have dementia?
- Can a person with dementia get better?
- What can I do?
- What if things go wrong?
- How can I cope with my feelings?
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This information was updated in November 2019 and is due for review in November 2021. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.