Grandma and Me
A Kid’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
by Authors Beatrice Tauber Prior, Psy.D and Mary Ann Drummond, RN
published by Morgan James Publishing
If you or a loved one are currently impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you are not alone! More than 5 million Americans and 78 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease, not to mention the various other types of dementia. This illness has a profound impact on family relationships. While there is much focus on the person who has dementia, younger family members may not receive the attention they need, or the illness is not always explained in a way they understand.
Grandma and Me provides the necessary tools for young children to understand what is happening to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Younger children often experience a wide range of emotions when loved ones are faced with a chronic illness. They may even fear they will get the disease or they did something to cause their loved one to become ill. Grandma and Me addresses a tough topic with love, understanding and the combined clinical expertise of the authors to ensure the child is given their best chance to manage their emotions while finding a way to maintain a positive relationship with their loved one throughout the journey ahead.
A unique picture story book
Authors Beatrice and Mary Ann have utilized their many years of dementia care experience to create a unique picture story book that is a gentle, yet age appropriate way to define dementia, address a young child’s feelings and provide the child with tools to help them feel successful. While designed for children ages 5-10, the beautifully illustrated pages of this endearing, informative story captures a wide age of imagination. Grandma and Me will benefit the entire family by giving parents and grandparents the opportunity to talk to their young child about a difficult topic while keeping the child’s attention and interest.
Reassurance for children
Children will go back on their own to explore the pages of Grandma and Me as they find reassurance in the story of Matthew and his special bond with his Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. A brilliantly written and inspired book by two authors who know the journey of dementia well, Grandma and Me is a proven asset in helping children feel successful in their interactions with loved ones living with dementia.
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