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Caregivers near Rancho Bernardo: Explaining Alzheimer’s Disease to Kids

Caregivers near Rancho Bernardo Discover Delightful Children’s Book about Alzheimer’s Disease

Explaining the effects of Alzheimer’s disease to children is one of the most confusing tasks we can face while caring for elderly parents. How can we expect to help kids understand a disease that has today’s top scientists working overtime to unravel? Caregivers near Rancho Bernardo have found a children’s book that strikes just the right tone and introduces children to people with Alzheimer’s disease in a way that is both beautiful and effective.

Always My Grandpa

In the book “Always My Grandpa,” written by Dr. Linda Scacco, a young boy and his mother work together to understand and help an aging father/grandfather as he develops symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Adults who have encountered the disease will recognize all the common signals described in the book: repeating stories, forgetting familiar faces, even putting the house in danger by neglecting a dish on the stove. Poignantly, we also recognize the responses of the family members—not always positive—as they struggle to find their roles.

Real and Fun to Read

The illustrations in this book are just as excellent as any you’ll find in children’s literature today, and draw the attention of all ages. The genius of the story is in telling a tale filled with interest for children, without “dumbing down” the facts about this strange disease. But caregivers in San Diego county want you to be warned, though—the last few pages will have any sensitive parent in tears, as they brilliantly show how even a young boy can create a different kind of relationship with a grandpa suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Caregivers in San Diego County: Don’t Leave the Kids Out

The bigger message of this book is that it’s a mistake to shelter or hide your children from Alzheimer’s disease. Seniors who are losing their precious memories need all their family members at their side, and children will later treasure the times that they spent with these seniors. Include your kids in the caregiving process, and you will do the entire family a great favor.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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