Book Title: Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Feb, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
It is always challenging to watch a loved one grow older and face new, confusing obstacles that always seemed easy. Does Grandma Remember Me? shows how love transcends age and difficulties, even when things become overwhelming.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
It is difficult for anyone to deal with a loved one having dementia, but children need to learn and understand what is happening. Does Grandma Remember Me? teaches that it’s the brain and memories that dementia affects. Once they understand that it’s the disease that’s causing loss of memory, at least they will know that it’s not their fault when they’re not remembered.
I like that the little girl in this book decides that even though Grandma is different from the loving woman she used to know, she is going to be the same and love her grandma just as much. It’s a sweet story and an important message.
The text is easy to read and the illustrations are colorful, both making the reading experience for children even more enjoyable.
About the Author
Evita’s passion is assisting the elderly, especially those living with dementia. Her mission is to help people age in the manner they envision for themselves and not through the lens of others. She works to provide data and resources to assist elders in effectively aging-in-place and equips their families and friends to support their loved ones amidst uncertainty. Working in the elder care field as a licensed nursing home administrator, senior living marketing professional, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Evita witnesses both elders and families make tough decisions. Some of those decisions result in despair, while others result in healing. The key to enabling elders to live life to its fullest is to help them find their voices and exercise their right to choose.
Evita collaborates with family and friends to ensure that her mother, who lives with dementia, and her father, recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, maintain their voices and make well-informed choices as their disease progresses.
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