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Teaching Children about Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Care Grayslake IL: Books Can Be A Great Learning Tool

Alzheimers Care TipsBooks are a great way to teach children about many important life lessons. Starting at very early ages, parents sit down with youngsters and show them a picture book or read them a story. When it comes to something like Alzheimer’s disease and the rising number of those who are affected, the challenge becomes educating family members of all ages to become familiar with it.

Paula Span, an editor from newoldage@nytimes.com recounts her experience:

“I stopped at a children’s bookshop in Manhattan last week and asked to see books on Alzheimer’s disease. The store stocked at least half a dozen, with titles like “What’s Wrong with Grandma?” and “What’s Happening to Grandpa?”

That was only a small sample. Three doctoral students at Washington University, analyzing the way storybooks describe the disease, found 33 of them published for 4- to 12-year-olds from 1988 to 2009.

It’s a growing market, since the number of people with Alzheimer’s keeps rising along with the number of older Americans. I wonder, given that most of those people are in their 70s and 80s, whether storybook readers are likely to be not grandchildren but great-grandchildren.”

Alzheimer’s will likely touch every family in each person’s lifetime. Whether it be a grandparent, aunt, great-uncle or parent. Education should begin at a very early age. If your parent has developed Alzheimer’s disease, a children’s book written in a kind and thoughtful way can help your children and grandchildren understand what is happening to their elderly loved one.

Look for a book that captures all the aspects of Alzheimer’s and portrays them in a gentle yet informative way. One book, called The Memory Box, was written by Mary Bahr and illustrated by David Cunningham. It was published 20 years ago. It is a story of a boy who already is feeling the loss of his dearly loved grandfather as the disease moves through the stages. Another book with a lot of appeal for kids is “Still My Grandma” by Veronique Van Den Abelle with illustrations by Claude K. Dubois.

For your elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s, consider hiring Alzheimer’s home care or memory loss care to help you with caregiving as your parent’s need for assistance grows. Having a loving professional caregiver take over for you a few days each week will give you the time to spend with your other family members and doing things for your own mental and physical health.

Partners in Senior Care of Grayslake IL is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at 866-203-7290.

 

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com