Under the rose bush
by Jane Fry and Sandi Harrold
Under the rose bush is a short story which explores a touching relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who develops Alzheimer?s disease.
Sarah and her Granny are great friends. They spend a lot of time playing and learning together, gradually Sarah notices changes in her Granny. Sarah learns to adjust to the situation as her grandmother ages. Her story provides a sense of optimism despite the grief of eventually losing her beloved grandmother. The book helps children to understand the illness and teaches them how to cope with supporting their grandparents through a difficult time.
The book will appeal to parents with small children and elderly relatives. It would also appeal to retirement homes or nursing homes.
The Dementia Diaries: a novel in cartoons
by Matthew Snyman
The Dementia Diaries are a collection of stories about young people and their experiences with dementia. The good days, the bad days, and everything in between. Full of handy tips and stories that show you the other side of dementia by those who know it best. Also...submarines! Cats! Scarecrows! Dance Parties!
Curveball : the year I lost my grip
by Jordan Sonnenblick
After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he has dementia, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
This book beautifully intertwines 4 topics (photography, baseball, dementia and first loves) into a relatable teenage story.
This may be the best book I have read about Alzheimer's and advanced dementia care. It is simple and should be read by every person, adult or child, who knows someone with Alzheimer's disease/dementia, which means, everyone in the world should have a copy of this book.
This book is the first good resource I have found for kids who live with a loved one with dementia and really captures what life is like for them. Being a caregiver as a child is difficult. They have to figure out how to be a child in an environment that is not always kid friendly. It can also be scary and sad for them to watch their grandparent change and get sicker. It is hard for them to figure out how to communicate with their loved one as the dementia progresses. This book talked honestly and compassionately about these issues which can help kids understand living in a situation that most of their friends will not be experiencing. My son Jeffrey's review of the book, will help explain how a child relates to the book.
Jeffrey's Review: A Child's Perspective
Jeffrey is nine years old and for two and a half years he lived in the same home with his grandmother with dementia. Now he lives just a few miles away and visits her often.