Please Explain “Alzheimer’s Disease” to Me

 

Please Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Me! is a much needed book in this era of aging baby boomers where statistics in 2020 indicated that 5.8 million Americans (one in 10 over age 65) had the disease. This book, a complete and practical resource for children and adults, introduces the subject matter to children in a colorful, sensitive and gentle story, followed by a parent/caregiver section which supplies comprehensive information which adults can use to understand and plan for the course of the disease affecting their loved one.

Dr. Zelinger, a board certified psychologist for children, does an exemplary job of presenting this issue to children in a warm, developmentally appropriate way using appealing characters, child friendly language and familiar scenes they can relate to. The caregiver portion of this handbook is based on empirically based scientific research, and explains the disease at different stages as well as available medication and family supports. More importantly, Dr. Zelinger gives concrete, word-for-word language you can use when discussing this difficult topic with your child and answering their questions. While the medical side of Alzheimer’s and dementia is given a great deal of attention, Dr. Zelinger is sensitive to the emotional toll it takes on the family, and the critical importance of maintaining caring relationships with the individual who has been diagnosed with the disease. This book is more than a helpful guide. It is the only book you will need if you have a child who is asking, “What’s wrong with Grandpa?”

Children will:

  • Enjoy the story and illustrations
  • Identify with the characters
  • Get answers to their questions
  • Grasp the nature and reason for a grandparent’s changes
  • Learn basic biological information about brain function
  • Understand why a grandparent will require more care
  • Feel empowered and find ways they can be helpful

Parents and caregivers will:

  • Have word-for-word scripts available to answer their child’s questions
  • Learn about the progression of the disease
  • Understand their role and the nature of care that is required
  • Gain information for decision making in areas of medical, emotional and daily care
  • Know they are not alone in this difficult journey
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