Dealing with Dementia

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.


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My Grandpa  – Marta Altes

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


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Mile-High Apple Pie  – 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+


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The Forever Whale – 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+


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My Little Grandmother Often Forgets – Reeve Lindbergh

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


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Pearl – 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+


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Really and Truly – 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+


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Grandma – 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+


Useful Organisation

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

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