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Published May 13th 2018
A girl learns to cope with her grandma's dementia
Russell & Johnston
Grandma Forgets is a 2017 children's picture book written by Paul Russel and illustrated by Nicky Johnston about a little girl and her family who must find a way to cope with their grandmother's dementia diagnosis. It was published by EK books and is 24 pages long and retails for between $24.99 and $30.00.
Grandma Forgets takes the subject of dementia and introduces it to children through the innocent eyes of a little girl who chooses to handle her grandmother's diagnosis with love and patience. Grandma can no longer remember who her granddaughter and her family are anymore. Every time they go to visit her at her nursing home it is like meeting someone new. Her granddaughter doesn't mind and always has a smile for her grandma because it doesn't matter to her that she forgets who she is because she has a lifetime of treasured memories of grandma that she will cherish for the rest of her life.
She remembers sleep overs at grandma's house and playing with her in her garden and going on trips to the beach with her in her car. Grandma Forgets is not a sad book. It takes the cruel condition of dementia and views it through the eyes of a child who doesn't see the sadness of the situation she just loves her grandmother who is a little bit forgetful now.
Grandma Forgets has an important message to children and that is it doesn't matter if your grandma or grandpa is a little bit forgetful now. Your memories of them will last forever and your grandparent is still happy to see you and still loves you even if they're not sure who you are anymore. Love never forgets. Never forget that.
Why? A dementia diagnosis can be devastating. Grandma Forgets tackles this sensitive topic by explaining to children that even if Grandma no longer remembers your name she will never forget that she is loved and your memories of her will last forever.
When:Grandma Forgets would be the perfect book to read to a child whose grandparent has just received a dementia diagnosis