Dementia Books from my Newsletter and Elsewhere

It’s good to see so many books about dementia now available, all helping, in their way, to raise awareness of dementia.

Here is a selection of dementia books from around the world, including books about dementia and dementia care, some for adults, some for children. I have not yet had the opportunity to read them all. Many have been featured in my Elliegrams Newsletters. I update this list from time to time. To comment on a book, or to draw attention to a book not listed here, please use the comment box at the bottom of this page, or email me.

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When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember

A Child’s Perspective on Dementia

Written by Toby Haberkorn
Illustrated by Heather Varkarotas

Book Description:

With increasing numbers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions, more families and children will experience the sadness and challenges of coping with this condition in a beloved relative or friend. When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia explores the difficult reality of dementia, and the enduring strength of a nurturing relationship between a granddaughter and her beloved Grammy.

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When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia is available through these links:

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Dementia: The One-Stop Guide

Practical Advice for Families, Professionals, and People Living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s
by June Andrews

I am honoured that Professor June Andrews, DSDC Stirling, has included my book The Forgetful Elephant in the Resources and Helpful Organisations section of her new book Dementia: The One-Stop Guide.

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Remember “I Can’t Remember”

Shifting Your Paradigm
Reapproaching Dementia/Alzheimer’s

by Eric and Heather Andersen

Book Description:

Anyone can struggle to accept and care for a loved one with dementia; there is no step-by-step guide to the way it will unfold for you. This book is a must for anyone who knows someone with dementia. Getting into the right frame of mind, trying to see it through the loved ones eyes, is essential. The author has really nailed this in a concise, easy-to-understand way. A quick, easy-to-read book that you will come back to again and again for support and insight. “It will help you remain compassionate and sane” – Dr. Kim Leatham MD ABFP, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle USA.

Remember, they can’t remember.

The seemingly simple task of remembering they can’t remember will cause a paradigm shift. Do not read anything into it, they really just don’t remember.

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Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants

A Story About Alzheimer’s for Young Children
By Barbara Schnurbush

Book Description:

Libby and her Nana do lots of fun activities together: read books, colour pictures, plant flowers, and feed songbirds. But as time passes, Libby starts to notice that Nana wears clothes that don’t match. Nana forgets words in books, and she  mixes up the names of birds. Libby finds out that her grandmother has Alzheimer’s. With gentle reassurances and support from her family, Libby learns how the condition will ultimately affect her grandmother. She discovers ways to handle her feelings and worries, and she realizes that it is okay if she and her Nana wear striped shirts with flowered pants!

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Can I Tell You About Dementia?

by Jude Welton

Book Description:

Meet Jack – an older man with dementia. Jack invites readers to learn about dementia from his perspective, helping them to understand the challenges faced by someone with dementia and the changes it causes to memory, communication and behaviour. He also gives advice on how to help someone with dementia stay as mentally and physically active as possible, keep safe and continue to feel cared for and valued. With illustrations throughout, this useful book will be an ideal introduction to dementia for anyone from child to adult.

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Always My Grandpa

by Linda Scacco

This heart-warming tale describes what it is like to be close to a grandparent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Daniel and his mom spend every summer with his Grandpa at a cottage by the sea. But as the summers pass, Grandpa begins to change. Daniel learns that since Grandpa has Alzheimer’s, he will have trouble remembering all the things that belong to him – his clothes, his words, and his memories – and eventually, his own grandson. Through gentle narration and easy-to-understand explanations, the book explains Alzheimer’s and how it affects children, and families.

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Grandma

by Jessica Shepherd

Oscar loves Grandma, and their time together is always lots of fun. As she becomes less able to look after herself, she has to go into a care home. More and more children are encountering dementia and its effects on their families. This touching story, told in Oscar’s own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship. Jessica Shepherd’s sensitive first picture book has grown out of her experiences in a variety of caring roles.Similar to The Forgetful Elephant, this book is suitable for children aged 4-8.

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The Dementia Diaries

by Matthew Snyman

I have not yet had the opportunity to read this book, only recently available on Amazon again, and not available as an ebook: it was recommended by Caron Sprake of www.caroncares.co.ukAccording to the description on Amazon The Dementia Diaries is a book about Dementia, written for young people, in response to the UK Prime Minister’s challenge to change people’s understanding of dementia, and to raise awareness across the UK.The book features four young people coming to terms with their grandparents’ dementia. It follows their diaries from first hearing the diagnosis, through to the end. The book views dementia from a young person’s perspective. Adapted from interviews with young carers across Kent, the Dementia Diaries’ aim is to raise young peoples’ awareness of dementia in a way that’s fun, shareable and life-affirming.Watch the video Making of The Dementia Diaries

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Really and Truly

a story about dementia

by Emilie Rivard and Anne-Claire Delisle

This simple picture book explores the relationship between Charlie and his grandfather, who has developed Alzheimer’s and dementia. Charlie used to love his grandfather’s stories, but now Grandpa has changed and he doesn’t tell them any more. But Charlie still remembers the stories, and he has a great idea – he can tell them back to Grandpa! And, just occasionally, he can make Grandpa smile.
This book doesn’t give detailed background information about Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Nor does it offer any hope that Grandpa will get better. But it does it give a child whose grandparent has dementia a way into discussing the changes that are taking place, and how they might deal with them. It also offers moving insight into the loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild, transcending the difficulties of dementia.

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Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator

an explanation of Alzheimer’s for children

by Max Wallack

On some days, seven-year old Julie feels like she’s living in a Fun House. Hers is a topsy-turvy world where the toaster sprouts a toothbrush, and a watermelon gets dressed up in pink underpants for the Fourth of July! But on other days, Julie struggles with understanding why her Halloween trick-or-treating got cancelled, or why Grandma can’t remember her name. Julie is struggling with understanding her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s. Authors Max Wallack and Carolyn Given believe that no child is too young to learn about this condition, or learn how to participate in providing safe care for their loved one. “Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?” is a sensitive, light-hearted children’s story that provides its young readers with a toolbox to help them overcome their fears and frustrations. It shares easy-to-understand explanations of what happens inside the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, how to cope with gradual memory loss, with a missed holiday, or even a missing Grandma. Congratulations Max for your campaign to encourage research and raise children’s awareness of dementia.

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Helpful Hints Books for Living With Dementia

DSDC 10 Helpful Hints for Carers10 Helpful Hints for Carers by Professor June Andrews and Professor Allan House, 2009

An easy-to-read guide for caregivers living with people with dementia. It provides simple, practical solutions to the everyday problems family carers can face when looking after a person with dementia. Covering areas like how to cope with aggression, creating relaxing environments, ‘wandering’, sleeplessness and how to cope with dementia and depression, it is a mine of information and good advice.

10 Helpful Hints for Home Design Living with Dementia10 Helpful Hints for Dementia Design at Home by Dementia Services Development Centre, 2010

An easy-to-read guide for caregivers of people with dementia. It provides simple and practical design solutions to adapt the living environment for people with dementia so they can live independently for as long as possible. Covering topics such as lighting, interior décor, sound and use of assistive technology it gives advice on how these elements can be used to their best advantage in the homes of people with dementia.