June 26, 2014

Stories of dementia for adults, young adults and children

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Green vanilla tea
by Marie Williams
When Marie Williams' husband Dominic started buying banana Paddle Pops by the boxful it was out of character for a man who was fit and health conscious. Dominic, Marie and their two sons had migrated to Australia to have a life where they shared more family time -- when gradually Dominic's behaviour became more and more unpredictable. It took nearly four years before there was a diagnosis of early onset dementia coupled with motor neurone disease. Marie began to write, as she says, as a refuge from the chaos and as a way to make sense of her changing world. Her book, Green Vanilla Tea, was winner of the 2013 Finch Memoir Prize.

The night guest
by Fiona McFarlane
If you’re looking for a thought-provoking meditation on aging while also craving a good story, The Night Guest is a great choice. It’s well written and the story is gripping, but most of all, you’ll be left with Ruth’s story, a sad look at one woman whose dementia overwhelms her.
Ruth lives on her own in a beach cottage, outside of town. Her sons worry about her because she is elderly and has no one close by to look after her, so they’re relieved when Frida shows up, sent by the government to look after her for a few hours a day. At first, Ruth is delighted for the company, but Frida’s presence becomes slightly menacing as Ruth becomes confused as to what is happening around her.

The forever whale
by Sarah Lean
Hannah adores her Grandad. The trouble is, Grandad has Alzheimer's and he’s always forgetting things. He keeps trying to tell Hannah a story about a whale, and it seems really important, but it’s all jumbled up. Then Grandad has a stroke and he can’t remember anything, not even Hannah. It’s like he’s lost inside himself. Determined to get Grandad back, Hannah sets out to make a film that will remind him of his life – and in so doing, starts to piece together an extraordinary story about a whale that connects Grandad’s childhood to her own.

The whole stupid way we are
by N. Griffin
During a cold winter in Maine, fifteen-year-old Dinah sets off a heart-wrenching chain of events when she tries to help best friend and fellow misfit Skint deal with problems at home, including a father who has early onset dementia.

The graduation of Jake Moon
by Barbara Park
Fourteen year old Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own.
Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens. Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him?
Barbara Park, one of today's most popular and versatile authors, has created a funny, honest, and unforgettable portrait of a boy struggling to understand this debilitating disease and graduate to a more sympathetic and accepting relationship with his beloved grandfather.

by Jessica Shepherd
Oscar loves Grandma, and their time together is always lots of fun. As she becomes less able to look after herself, she has to go into a care home. More and more children are encountering dementia and its effects on their families. This touching story, told in Oscar's own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship.

**Email the library at nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au for a list of books on dementia for children and young adults.**

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