Book Review: Please Explain Alzheimer's Disease to Me: A Children's Story and Parent Handbook About Dementia by Dr. Laurie Zelinger "A blanket of support is how I feel this book would feel to readers who are going through this, both young and old" Beck Valley Books
"As an adult watching a loved one decline is heartbreaking, adding Alzheimer's to the mix brings even harder emotions as you try to deal with and understand what is happening all at the same time. Imagine how a child must feel, that's why I strongly believe that this book is such an important tool and brings a gentle way to broach the subject with young children.
The author creates a lovely, relatable, and touching story about Seth and his grandmother who begins to suffer from Alzheimer's. With wonderful and helpful illustrations you follow Seth as he begins to understand and devises ways he can help.
The second half of the book is a really helpful handbook for parents/caregivers which includes information on Alzheimer's, tips, support, and references to help carry you through.
A blanket of support is how I feel this book would feel to readers who are going through this, both young and old, or even know someone who has a loved one suffering from this disease and wants to offer help when needed."
5 large stars!
Please Explain Alzheimer's Disease to Me introduces the condition to children in a colorful, sensitive and gentle story, followed by a parent/caregiver section that supplies comprehensive information that adults can use to understand and plan for the course of the disease affecting their loved one. Dr. Zelinger, a board-certified psychologist for children, presents the situation to children in a warm, developmentally appropriate way using appealing characters of diversity, child friendly language and familiar scenes they can relate to, as well as scripts that parents can use when speaking to their child. This book is more than a helpful guide-it's the only book you will need if you have a child who is asking, "What's wrong with grandpa?"
- Enjoy the story and illustrations and will identify with the main characters
- Get answers to their questions
- Grasp the nature and reason for a grandparent's changes
- Learn basic biological information about brain function
- Understand why a grandparent will require more care
- Feel empowered and find ways they can be helpful
Parents and caregivers will:
- Have word-for-word scripts available to answer their child's questions
- Learn about the progression of the disease
- Understand their role and the nature of care that is required
- Gain information for decision-making in areas of medical, emotional and daily care
- Know they are not alone in this difficult journey
From the Please Explain series at Loving Healing Press