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What My Grandchildren Taught Me about Alzheimer's Disease

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How does a polar bear pooping on a rug turn into a lesson on Alzheimer’s behaviors of paranoia and hallucinations? Or a pregnant aunt turn into a lesson about long-term care decisions?

The innocent dialogue and anecdotes the author has recorded for years between her and her grandchildren serve as introductions---and lessons learned-- to managing the daily responsibilities in Alzheimer’s care. These poignant stories and insightful perspectives from the author serve as a fresh approach in understanding the disease. Thought-provoking, humorous, and endearing, the content in the chapters will have you experiencing the journey of Alzheimer’s disease in a most light-hearted and non-threatening way, so much so that you will hardly realize how much knowledge and skills you are acquiring along the way. From understanding the components of the disease, to discovering various ways to communicate, to coping with difficult behavioral expressions; from weaving through all the emotions experienced by the caregiver, to understanding person-centered care, to the importance of social engagement, and much, much more, this book is a vital and very handy resource for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Published: Nov 1, 2022


I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It reminded me of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series as well as those “what to expect when you’re expecting” novels for new parents, except the focus here is on people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, NHCGNE Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

The author paints such beautiful personal stories and ties it all together so well with the concepts she is conveying. She knows the challenges of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver. It would be a beautiful resource to those tackling this difficult struggle. I can see it even being utilized as a companion resource for Alzheimer’s support groups.
Robert M. Brouillette, MS, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge