Grandma, It's Me!
Riley loves spending time with her grandparents, but after visiting them one day, she notices Grandma doesn't recognize her. Mommy explains that Grandma may have dementia, so her memory isn't as good as it used to be. Riley tries her best to help Grandma remember and writes about their time together in her diary.
This heartwarming and beautifully illustrated book helps young readers better understand the process of aging, the symptoms of dementia, and how others can support and care for the elderly with love, patience and joy. Written as a series of diary entries, Grandma, It’s Me! also encourages journaling as a way to process and reflect on feelings and emotions through challenges in life.
Now available in Simplified Chinese: 外婆，我在这里!: 一本认识痴呆症的儿童读物 (Paperback and Hardcover only)
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Recommended and endorsed by dementia professionals and families who have been on the dementia journey
From the Foreword:
". . . She has illustrated an important message that people with dementia might not remember the events, but they will always remember the feelings that they experienced. I highly recommend this book to families and schools."
– Teresa B.K. Tsien, Gerontologist Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association Board Member
". . . I see this process every day in my profession, one of my very favorite sayings is “to love them through it”. This is a shining example of doing just that–loving someone through it."
– Cindy Swanda LPN, Memory Support Director, Fremont, Nebraska, USA
"There are many words that I could use to describe this story, but my favorite would be “uplifting”. . . Many families have seniors who suffer from dementia, so I am confident this book will help kids in more than just one way. This book is amazing and it can make a genuine difference whereas understanding dementia is concerned. A story that overflows with love!"
–Alexandra Antipa, Author, Germany
". . . The story was so touching, it brought tears to my eyes. . . But it also has a happy ending and contains practical tips families can do to help their dementia-afflicted loved one. I highly recommend this book. It is a moving gem of a story, full of love and wisdom that you will love reading with your child."
–Jali Henry, Author, UK
"The book has been a blessing for me–I think for the past two years taking care of my mom, I sometimes have a picture in my mind that is full of grey–and oh so dreary! This has lifted my spirit up and I find that nowadays, even when I think of my mom, the picture has become more colorful."
– Serene Low, Singapore
"I think the story will also instill hope in readers, especially with the wonderful way Riley’s grandma responded to music, and the helpful tips at the end. I wish I’d known some of these tips when I tried to help my grandpa. I wholeheartedly love and endorse this story!”
— Tasche Laine, Author, USA
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Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Picture Book book "Grandma, It's Me!" by Y. Y. Chan, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09MMKF5P7.
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What are some of the best things to do when you have a loved one that's either experiencing dementia or Alzheimer's? As the population is changing, people are
living longer. According to the Alzheimer's Association: "By mid-century, the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer's dementia may grow to 13.8 million. This represents a steep increase from the estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older who have Alzheimer's dementia today." In the beautiful illustrated children's book Grandma, It's Me! A Children's Book about Dementia by Y. Y. Chan reflects the warmth, patience, kindness, and beauty of caring for a loved one battling dementia. While this book is based upon Chan's life with her grandmother who passed at the age of 95, it also gives a face, presence and exposure of the struggles plaguing this country. Dementia is quickly becoming one of the top five leading causes of death within the U.S. This book offers so many wonders in learning about the journey of loved ones living with dementia or Alzheimer's and those who care for them. This book is interactive because children are asked to reflect, perform activities, learn about dementia and Alzheimer's, and understand the connection between music and memories.
I was able to personally connect with Grandma, It's Me! by Y. Y. Chan because I've had six aunts that lived in a state of dementia for over ten years. To watch my cousins relocate either themselves or their mother to personally care for them for at least a decade helped me to learn and understand the essence of caregiving that was required of me to care for my father as he morphed into another person. Since dementia and Alzheimer's is occurring in many homes, children need to have the tools and a better understanding of what is happening right before their eyes. It was difficult for me as an adult and it can become tiring as Riley witnessed, but with helping her grandma to tap into music, photos, and sharing other memories, this journey can become a beautiful experience. I loved this book and highly recommend it for young and old alike."
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