Ronald Reagan Featured in the May 2014 Newsletter


Irene Mackay’s First Elliegrams Newsletter
May 2014








Elliegrams Newsletter

Number 1: May 2014


Welcome to my Elliegrams Newsletter, named after Ellie, the main character in my book The Forgetful Elephant.In this monthly newsletter I will share information and insights from around the world, to help us all cope better with living with dementia.



Use The Forgetful Elephant story to help children understand what dementia is, how to cope, and how they can help.

It is my great belief that as well as educating adults and older children about dementia, we should also include the very young. When dementia touches a family, it brings relief to the whole family when children have a realistic understanding about what is happening. It helps to relieve the tension and stigma surrounding the person with dementia, and can improve relationships between parents, children and siblings. I find there is no better way to engage a child’s attention than through reading them a story.

The Forgetful Elephant story, with its charming illustrations, is told in a way that even very young children can understand. Tell the story to as many children as possible, to help raise children’s awareness of dementia in the community.






Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on 6 February 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. In 1928 he graduated from Dixon High School, where he was an athlete, student body president and performed in school plays. During summer holidays, he worked as a lifeguard in Dixon.In 1937, Reagan signed a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers. Over the next three decades, he appeared in more than 50 films. Among his best-known roles was that of Notre Dame football star George Gipp in the 1940 biopic Knute Rockne, All American. Reagan stepped into the US national political spotlight in 1964, when he gave a well-received televised speech for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. After making unsuccessful bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976, Reagan was finally accepted in 1980. In that year’s general election, he defeated Democrat President Jimmy Carter, winning the Electoral College (489 to 49) and capturing almost 51 percent of the popular vote. At age 69, Reagan was the oldest person elected to the US presidency.In November 1994, Reagan revealed in a handwritten letter to the American people that he had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Nearly a decade later, on 5 June 2004, he died at his Los Angeles home aged 93. He was the nation’s longest-lived president at the time. A state funeral was held in Washington, DC, and Reagan was later buried in the grounds of his presidential library in California.




By Max Wallack
Read about Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator HERE









Caron Sprake of Caron Cares

See my interview with Caron HERE

















Fatigue is the common enemy of us all – so slow down, rest up, replenish and refill.

Jeffrey R. Holland















We are celebrating this first issue of Elliegrams by inviting budding young artists to draw a picture. If you have any children in the family: sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons or granddaughters, or just someone you know, give them drawing materials, and ask them to draw me a little elephant friend for Ellie, and give him or her a name. I will feature them in my future Elliegrams NewslettersPlease post the drawings on my Facebook page. I will feature them in my future Elliegrams Newsletters

The one that receives the most likes will win a copy of “The Forgetful Elephant” book and a bookmark,
and a feature in my next Elliegrams Newsletter. The closing date is 1 June 2014. Happy drawing!



Presentation to Falkirk Rotary Club 
One of the high points of my month was my presentation to the Falkirk Rotary Club, my first presentation to an adult audience. I introduced them to The Forgetful Elephant, and explained how I give Ellie Sessions in Primary Schools and at special events, to raise children’s awareness of dementia using puppets, and telling the story interactively so the children can ask questions.The closing speaker at the Rotary Club commented that of all the speakers they have had over the years, nobody has ever been asked more questions at the end. I also made some great contacts, and sold 16 books. I hope these contacts will help my campaign to introduce a dementia awareness programme to primary schools, based on the Forgetful Elephant.Do you have any ideas or contacts which can help?
I hope the free tips booklet you received when you subscribed to this newsletter was useful to you, or to someone you know who needs some help and support, to help cope with living with dementia. 
Please share your ideas how we can work together to raise children’s awareness of dementia.I welcome all suggestions and ideas, to help improve quality of life for people with dementia, and their families.Wishing you happy days,
Irene Mackay










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