How would you introduce a topic like dementia to a child? Sometimes Grandma Calls Me Jean can help families, facing this issue, who have young children. The story portrays a relationship between a young girl, Grace, and her grandmother, who has dementia. Each thoughtful illustration represents the passing of time and the changes that dementia brings. Despite dementia's effects, Grace is able to demonstrate simple, but valuable, ways to interact with her grandmother and play an important role on her care team.
At the end of the story, twenty detailed tips are provided to help parents/caregivers support children who have loved ones with dementia. These tips include:
- Questions to ask that will encourage interaction with the story
- Ways to build empathy for a loved one with dementia
- How to talk with a child about his/her feelings
- Activities to facilitate positive interactions between children and loved ones with dementia
- Suggested Bible verses to memorize as sources of comfort
- Valuable reminders for the parent/caregiver
The book also includes a "How Am I Feeling?" chart for children who may need visual support to express their emotions. Real pictures of Grandma Bonnie are also provided on the pages called "Grandma's Photo Album."
Honoring our Loved Ones
As the generations of families age, parents find themselves pulled toward the differing needs of their children and their elders. Parents in this stage of life are known as the "sandwich generation." During this stage, parents model for their children how to care for loved ones dealing with the challenges of aging, including dementia. The actions of parents will exemplify attitudes of spite or grace, frustration or mercy, and suffering or hope. May the purchase of this book move both adults and children toward positive choices that honor our aging loved ones.
10% of the profits from this book provides assistance to others who have loved ones with dementia.