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   Posted 8/31/2012 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom and I where planning on taking my 4 year old daughter on a trip to see my grandpa next week. Tickets bought and everything. My uncle says we need to not come see him because my grandpa cant handle a 4 year old. I heard that children where good for people with Alzheimer's. Is this true or false?

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   Posted 9/2/2012 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only speak from the respect that I was an activity director at an assisted living facility and an occupational therapist working in geriatrics. Typically we encouraged visits from young visitors to our residents. You dont mention the extent or living situation so its hard to say. The residents very much enjoyed visits from children playing simple games, coloring and similiar activities.

Has your uncle mentioned exactly why he thinks its not a good idea?

Just wanted to mention that it is very hard on older children that had a significant relationship with the person. They expect the person to remember them and when they dont its very upsetting. I understand your son is younger, but just for anyone else reading. It can be quite tramatic.
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   Posted 9/28/2012 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 10/13/2012 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Some love it some don't. Perhaps its your uncle that doesn't want them around. What I'd suggest is getting a near by hotel and only going for an hour to your fathers to see how it goes, then give both of them a break. Try an hour and half the next day and watch to see if your dad gets agitated. Remember, they can get violent during "bad" moments.
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   Posted 10/20/2012 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My father could not handle children at all. Some in his care unit loved them but my Dad was they worst and I had to stop my children from visiting him. I wanted their memories to be good of my Dad. My sister did not choose the same and her daughter unfortunately has terrible memories of my Dad. That is tough and if your uncle is around him on a regular basis I personally would trust his instincts.
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