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Sometimes Grandma Calls Me Jean

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How would you introduce the topic of dementia to a young child?  Sometimes Grandma Calls Me Jean can help families facing this issue who have children in the age range of 3-8 years old. The story portrays a relationship between a young girl, Grace, and her grandmother, who has dementia. Each thoughtful illustration represents the passing of time and the changes that dementia brings. Despite dementia’s effects, Grace continues to demonstrate simple, but valuable, ways to interact with her grandmother and play an important role on her care team. 

 

Supporting Children

At the end of the story, twenty detailed tips are provided to help parents/caregivers support children who have loved ones with dementia. These tips include:

 

  • Questions to ask that will encourage interaction with the story

  • Ways to build empathy for a loved one with dementia

  • How to talk with a child about his/her feelings 

  • Activities to facilitate positive interactions between children and loved ones with dementia

  • Suggested Bible verses to memorize as sources of comfort

  • Valuable reminders for the parent/caregiver 

 

The book also includes a “How Am I Feeling?” chart for children who may need visual support to express their emotions. Real pictures of Grandma Bonnie are also provided on the pages called “Grandma’s Photo Album.”  

 

Honoring our Loved Ones 

As the generations of families age, parents find themselves pulled toward the differing needs of their children and their elders. Parents in this stage of life are known as the “sandwich generation.” During this stage, parents model for their children how to care for loved ones dealing with the challenges of aging, including dementia. The actions of  parents will exemplify attitudes of spite or grace, frustration or mercy, and suffering or hope. May the purchase of this book move both adults and children toward positive choices that honor our aging loved ones. 

 

Donation

10% of the profits from this book provides assistance to others who have loved ones with dementia.

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Where to Purchase

  • download barnes and noble_edited_edited
  • Amazon

If you decide to purchase a book, please remember to leave an honest review. Reviews are very helpful to self-published authors. You can leave your review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other marketplace where you purchased a book.  

Meet Miss Bonnie

The song "See Me Beautiful"

is used by permission

by Red Grammer

Upcoming Events

Please join me at any of the following events if I am in your area. 

September 6th, 2023

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Sepember 9th, 2023

10-11:00 a.m.

September 16, 2023

10-1:00 p.m.
 

Launch Party at Brooke Haven Health Care

1410 N. Kentucky Ave. 

West Plains, MO 65775

Story time at the West Plains, MO Public Library

750 W. Broadway St,

West Plains, MO 65775

Howell County Dementia Awareness Event

First Baptist Church

202 Walnut Street

West Plains, MO 65775

September 19, 2023

 10-12:00 p.m.
 

Podcast Interview

Jason Gant/With Parents Podcast

United Methodist Church

Leawood, KS 

October 14, 2023
11-4:00 p.m.

Downtown West Plains Fall Block Party

West Plains, MO 65775

October 16, 2023
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Season of Caring Podcast with Rayna Neises

October 24th, 2023
3:00 p.m.

October 27-28
10:oo - 5:00 p.m.

Ozarks Live KOLR TV live Interview

Mountain View, AR Bean Festival

107 W Main St.

Mountain View, AR 72560

November 3, 2023
5:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Author Event

3055 S Glenstone Ave.

Springfield, MO 65804

November 25, 2023

January 8th, 2024
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

January 25th, 2024
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Barnes and Noble-Ladue

Story Time and Book Event

8871 Ladue Rd.

St. Louis, MO 63124

Reading With Your Kids Podcast

with Jed Doherty

That's GOOD Parenting

with Dori Durbin 

TBA

March 9 & 10

Turn the Page with Paige/KMOV St. Louis

Crestwood-Sunset Hills Rotary

Arts and Craft Fair

Lindbergh High School

5000 S. Lindbergh

St. Louis, MO 63126

 

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