Book Review: The Dementia Diaries

★ ★ ★ ★

This colourful book aims to shed light on the impact of dementia on young relatives.

Described as being a novel in cartoons, it makes liberal use of illustrations and diary entries, and suggests activities to help children deal with their experiences.

But while these down-to-earth accounts are revealing, they do not entirely address the sadness, anger and feeling of bereavement experienced by relatives.

Some of the behaviour and communication used by older people with dementia might be amusing to others, but I am not sure the book would help children and young people appreciate the range of emotions felt by those with dementia.

However, the book contains some remarkable explanations from young people relaying their relatives’ behavioural changes. This could help others in similar situations and might even assist professionals in understanding how to support people with dementia.


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