December 17, 2014

Novels, stories and poetry about dementia for 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
Spiddal road
by Anna Pearce
Annie Quinn made a promise to her mother, Kate. "If, God forbid, you should ever suffer from Alzheimer's, I will return, from whatever corner of the world I'm in, and I will take care of you." The rights of the children, both moral and legal, of a parent who suffers Alzheimer's, are tested when Annie's returns to Dublin and opens a can of worms. Annie had no idea that the promise to her mother would reach the Four Courts in Dublin, and subsequently tear her family apart. There are no winners in this riveting story of deceit, deprivation, humanity and courage.

Lady in waiting
by Kathryn Hamann
This book of poems celebrates by mother-in-;aw, Elizabeth, whose humanity was not diminished by the progress of Dementia with Lewy Bodies.  Lady-in-Waiting invites you to see through the dementia to the wonderful, intelligent woman Elizabeth was.

The Last Best Days of Summer
by Valerie Hobbs
For twelve-year-old Lucy Crandall, the last week of August is the most perfect time in the world. It's the week she gets to spend with Grams at the lake house, canoeing, baking cookies, and glazing pots in Grams's potting shed. Grams has a way of making Lucy feel centered, like one of the pots on her kick wheel--perfect, steady, and completely at peace. But this summer, Grams doesn't seem to be exactly the person she once was. And as the week turns into a roller coaster of surprises--some good, some awful--Lucy can't help but wonder: Will things ever be centered again?

Under the rose bush
Jane Fry ; illustrator Sandi Harrold
Under the rose bush is a short story which explores a touching relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who develops Alzheimers 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.

Forget not the Forgetful-Him
Almanda Teo and illustrated Yeo Mei Xian with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Geriatric Centre [in Chinese and English]
Frizzy Lizzie was once as happy as a lark  until "the Forgetful Me" plunged her into the dark...
Making his precious granddaughter feel loved no longer seemed important to Grandpa Goofie, and Frizzy Lizzy simply could not understand why.  Determined to set things right, the young heroine embarks on a heartwarming journey that exposes the power of a family's love, as they battle the onslaught of dementia together.

My Little Grandmother Often Forgets
By Reeve Lindbergh, Illustrated by Kathryn Brown
A child's love for a grandmother with memory loss shines through in this deeply personal and lyrical tale. Sometimes Tom's grandmother forgets the way home from the market, or that Tom's name is Tom and not Roy. But Tom doesn't mind. He loves to help his grandmother and just spend time with her. The special bond between a beloved grandmother affected by memory loss and her devoted grandson is described in Reeve Lindbergh's most personal book for children, one that is based on her own and her son's relationship with her mother in the last years of her life. Kathryn Brown's watercolor illustrations tenderly capture the unique characters -- and the love that is universal.

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