Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Changes can always be difficult to deal with, but when someone you love starts to change their behaviour and may not always remember your name it can be scary and bewildering, especially for young children. Sharing books about other people in similar situations can make it easier to understand and help develop coping strategies.


My Grandpa
by Marta Altes

A look at old age through the eyes of a young bear who adores his grandfather.
Age: 4+


Mile-High Apple Pie
by Laura Langston and Lindsey Gardiner

The story of a little girl whose Grandma has Alzheimer’s disease. Told in a sensitive way, the tale explains how family life is affected by this illness.
Age: 5+


The Forever Whale
by Sarah Lean

Hannah’s 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 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.
Age: 9+


My Little Grandmother Often Forgets
by Reeve Lindbergh

A simple rhyming story to explain to children the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Age: 4+


Pearl
by Sally Murphy

Pearl’s whole world is changing because her grandmother has Alzheimer’s.  When her grandmother dies Pearl finds a way to cope by writing a poem that she reads out at the funeral.
Age: 7+


Really and Truly
by Emilie Rivard and Anne-Claire Delisle

This gentle book explores dementia and its effects in a positive and hopeful manner.  Ideal for helping parents to discuss an often distressing situation.
Age: 5+


Grandma
by Jessica Shepherd

This book is written like a diary and shows what happens when a grandparent has to go into a care home.
Age: 5+

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The tide 
by Clare Helen Welsh

Grandad doesn’t remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me. A story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.
Age: 3+


Useful Organisation

Alzheimer’s Society
UK care and research: charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

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