The authors of Grandma and Me have combined their years of clinical experience to create a truly engaging, yet informative book for young children on the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
With beautiful artwork to capture children’s attention, Grandma and Me provides a gentle, age-appropriate portrait of Alzheimer’s disease in the context of a loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild—and provides tools that will help children continue to have a relationship with their loved one despite the disease. Grandma and Me addresses a difficult topic with compassion and understanding, and allows families to successfully navigate the journey ahead.
|Publisher:||Morgan James Publishing|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||25 MB|
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|Age Range:||3 Months to 11 Years|
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My Grandma is the best Grandma ever! She is the kind of Grandma that laughs a lot. She knows everything about everything! She always has candy in her pocket just for me. My favorite candy is butterscotch, the kind with the yellow, crinkly paper. When Grandma gives me candy, I crunch and crunch until it is all gone because it tastes so good! One time Grandma and I had a contest to see who could make their candy last the longest. Grandma won!
I love going on walks with Grandma in her back yard. There is so much to see and do! Grandma's yard is full of flowers, trees, birds, and lots of green grass to run and play on. I like the way the grass tickles my feet when I take my shoes off. I like the way it smells after dad cuts Grandma's grass on a hot summer's day.
There are butterflies of many colors in Grandma's garden. There are a lot of bees too! One time when I was picking a flower for Grandma in her garden, a honey bee stung my finger! Grandma put medicine on the bee sting. The medicine took the pain away.
"Bees are very special," Grandma told me. "They help all our flowers, fruits, and vegetables grow. Without them we would not have food!"
I believe Grandma, but I STILL do not like bee stings.
My favorite memory of Grandma is the time she taught me how to listen to birds. Did you know baby birds learn to sing from their parents? Did you know each bird has a special song? My favorite bird is the red bird.
"The red bird is called a Cardinal," Grandma told me. "Listen to its song."
Now when I hear a sharp, soft "tweet, tweet, tweet" sound, I know a cardinal is near. I see red birds all the time now because I know their song. Every time I hear or see one, I think of my Grandma.
I went to see Grandma today. She wanted to walk in the garden. As we walked, I put my hand in Grandma's and squeezed her hand very hard. She squeezed my hand back and that made me feel good.
Grandma was happy. Her eyes twinkled and we laughed and giggled out loud as we walked together. Grandma reached into her pocket and pulled out two pieces of butterscotch candy. One for her and one for me. We crunched and crunched together and had a contest to see who could crunch the loudest. Grandma won!
I felt wonderful walking in Grandma's garden.
"This is a touch-me-not flower," Grandma told me. She showed me the orange flower with tiny green leaves. When Grandma touched the leaves, they folded up! I touched the leaves and they folded up again! Seeing the little leaves fold up made me laugh even more. Grandma was laughing too.
Then something strange happened.
"Oh Johnny, isn't that the funniest thing you ever saw"? Grandma said.
The strange thing is, my name is Mathew. Johnny is my Dad's name. I was not sure what to do.
Then I remembered what Mom and Dad told me. There are times Grandma is confused. When Grandma called me Johnny it did not bother me. She thought I was my Dad. She was smiling and happy!
I felt happy to see her happy.
After we walked in the garden we played a game of hunting for pictures in the clouds. Grandma gave me a big hug. "I love my Johnny boy," she said.
"I love you too," I said.
I was glad to feel her arms around me.
There are days when I visit Grandma she does not feel well. We do not go on walks in her back yard. We do not listen to birds or talk about bees.
We do not have butterscotch. Some days she sits in a chair and looks out the window. It makes me feel very sad when Grandma does not want to walk with me in her garden.
"Grandma is going through some changes," Mom told me.
"She will have trouble remembering important things," Dad said.
Sometimes, Grandma has trouble remembering where she is and she gets upset, even mad. I feel sad when Grandma is sad. I wish I could make her happy.
Mom told me that there is a big word adults use for the changes happening to Grandma. It is called Alzheimer's disease. Wow, that is a big word! I can't catch Alzheimer's from Grandma, like I can catch a cold.
"Not all people who get older get Alzheimer's," Dad told me.
"It is like when you have a broken arm," Mom said. "Your arm does not move or work the way it is supposed to because it is broken. With Alzheimer's disease, the part of the body that is broken is the brain."(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Grandma and Me"
Copyright © 2018 Beatrice Tauber Prior, Psy.D. and Mary Ann Drummond, RN.
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