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Grandma’s Box of Memories: Helping Grandma to Remember

Discussing dementia with children can be difficult. Yet finding ways to talk to children appropriately (and honestly) about the condition, and giving them practical ways they can help, is an important part of ensuring they can maintain a loving relationship.

This book aims to do just that by providing parents and carers with a structured way to start the conversation, and address children’s questions and concerns about the disease.

The story centres on a little girl called Alice, whose grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia. After noticing her grandma is becoming forgetful, Alice and her family put together a box of memories, with each item in the box designed to stimulate one of the five senses and spark memories.

Aimed at children aged four to seven years old, the book prompts discussion about what children can do to help their own grandparent living with dementia. The language is simple and the book is colourful, and it is positive to see that grandma is not portrayed as looking too frail.

The book doesn’t shy away from the challenges – it touches on grandma becoming upset or confused –

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