Books can help kids. My friend Max Wallack (the person who created Puzzles to Remember: http:www.puzzlestoremember.org) and his junior high school teacher, Carolyn Given, wrote a book for kids who have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. The name of the book is:
He got ideas for the book from stories about me and my grandma. He also got ideas for the book from things that happened with his great grandma. It is such a good book! Alzheimer's disease is not fun or happy. It can be scary and sad. But the authors help kids know that there are things that you can do to make it better. He also explains why the disease happens, and draws pictures of neurons in the brain!
My parents took a video of me reading the book. Here is a link to the video (It is on youtube)
- Go to the library and ask the the librarian for books to help you understand what is happening with the person you love
- Think about writing a book yourself! All you need are: characters, a setting, a problem and a solution. The characters could be you and your family member( you can give them fake names). The setting can be where you live, the problem (the reason why you have to care for the loved one) and the solution: how you fix the problem. I learned about these parts of books from my teacher at school and my mom who is also a teacher!
A reader of my blog suggested the book: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox I read the story on the website: storylineonline.net. It is sweet story about a woman in a nursing home losing her memory.
What books do you recommend? Please share any books that you have read that have helped you.