What's Happening to Grandpa?

by Maria Shriver (2004)

In this delightful children’s book, illustrated beautifully by the talented Sandra Speidel, Maria Shriver tells the story of Kate, a young girl who is coming to terms with her Grandpa’s Alzheimer’s disease. Kate becomes confused when Grandpa starts repeating stories, and when he gets frustrated because he can’t find his keys. Kate’s mother provides a useful description of dementia, and the book prompts the child to talk about dementia with their family, and to consider how various people in the family might feel differently about dementia. Shriver provides a lovely practical example of how children can maintain a connection with older people with dementia: through reminiscence and through creating a photo album together. The book prompts children to treasure their grandparents despite changes in their memory, and to appreciate each moment spent together.

This book is recommended for children aged 6-9.

At the back of this book is a list of resources for ‘Families affected by Alzheimer’s disease’ in the USA.

Maria Shriver is an award-winning journalist. She has written a number of bestselling children’s books, including “What’s Heaven?” and “What’s Wrong with Timmy”.

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