This heartwarming tale describes what it is like to be close to a grandparent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
Daniel and his mom spend every summer with his Grandpa at a cottage by the sea. Daniel loves these summer visits: playing baseball, walking on the beach, watching the sunset, and hearing Grandpa's stories of his fishing boat. As the summer passes, Grandpa begins to change. Daniel learns that since Grandpa has Alzheimer's disease, he will have trouble remembering all the things that belong to him-his clothes, his words, his memories-and eventually, his own grandson.
Through gentle narration and easy-to-understand explanations, the book explains Alzheimer's disease and how it affects children, and families.
A Note to Parents offers guidance for helping children with common emotions and reactions to Alzheimer's disease.
Linda Scacco, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children and families. Currently Linda is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Hartford. After her uncle died with Alzheimer's disease in 1988, she wanted to write a book for children to help them understand and cope with the consequences of this devastating illness. Linda lives with her husband and three children in West Hartford, Connecticut.