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62: When a Family Member is Diagnosed with Long-Term Illness | Alex Winstanley
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62: When a Family Member is Diagnosed with Long-Term Illness | Alex Winstanley

long term illness May 04, 2021

Growing up, Alex Winstanley watched his grandmother struggle with dementia. Inspired to help other kids deal with a family member’s long-term illness, he wrote two children’s books entitled, “My Grandmother Has Dementia” and “My Uncle Has Depression.” Alex and Emily talk about how to support our kids – and ourselves – through these difficult experiences.

Quotes:

  • “I think children, whilst they’ll understand certain conditions, I find that children can be far more accepting because they might not understand.” – Alex Winstanley
  • “Involve kids as much as possible in learning about the condition and also learning from people with lived experience of that condition.” – Alex Winstanley

Highlights:

  • 1:29 – My Grandma Has Dementia
  • 3:02 – My Uncle Has Depression
  • 4:34 – The difference in how adults and children process the diagnosis of a family member
  • 6:43 – How parents can help their kids process the situation
  • 8:01 – What should parents say when they don’t know what to say
  • 13:39 – Creating a world where everyone is valued and celebrated
  • 18:53 – Find Alex’s books

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