“Dancing With Granddad” Book Teaches Children About Alzheimer’s Disease

“Dancing With Granddad” Book Teaches Children About Alzheimer’s Disease

To that end, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has published a new age-appropriate book to help parents discuss the disease with young kids. Dancing with Granddad: An Alzheimer’s Story for Children and Their Families tells the tale of 7-year-old Nia, whose grandfather is living with Alzheimer’s and has to move to a new home for his well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s in America. Dancing with Granddad also includes a message from AFA about how to initiate a conversation about Alzheimer’s with children, including sample questions to ask them and tips to help them better understand the disease and situation. Jennifer Reeder, LCSW, AFA’s director of educational and social services, said young children can sometimes sense that something is wrong when a family member has Alzheimer’s.

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