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Help Children Understand Alzheimer’s Disease


A new resource available through Montana State University Extension focuses on teaching children about Alzheimer’s disease. Extension Family Economics Specialist Marsha Goetting and MSU graduate student Jennifer Munter are making available a series of reading guides for five storybooks designed to approach the subject in a youth-appropriate way.

Goetting referred to caregivers of both children and aging parents as “the sandwich generation,” caught between the two roles, adding that 22,000 Montanans currently live with Alzheimer’s.

“With increases in the number of sandwich generation caregivers and the prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s, Montana children will also be more likely to experience and interact with someone living with Alzheimer’s,” Goetting said.

Goetting and Munter created the reading guides to accompany the books and to address the fac...