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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1489501673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489501677
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Max Wallack is a 18 year old senior at Boston University, as well as a researcher in the Molecular Psychiatry in Aging Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. Max was a caregiver to his great grandmother who had Alzheimer’s Disease, and, in 2008, he founded www.PuzzlesToRemember.org, a 501c3 organization that has supplied over 23,000 puzzles to Alzheimer’s facilities around the world. A member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Max gives research presentations at national conferences and publishes articles about his work in scientific journals. Max plans to become a geriatric psychiatrist, working with Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Carolyn Smith Given is a mother of four, a caregiver, and a resident of the Blackstone Valley in Massachusetts. Since 2000, she has taught English Language Arts and Literature at both middle and high school levels, and currently performs medical research to support her husband's multiple myeloma therapies. For fun, she attends her children's weddings, invents gourmet vegan entrees, maintains a humor blog with more than 80 first person narrative vignettes -- all true – at www.carolyngivenwriter.blogspot.com. She enjoys any and all writing projects that come her way.

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Children will easily comprehend the explanation.
Emma Makler
This book is excellent in helping children understand the progression of Alzheimer's disease and their own feelings in dealing with the disease.
Duck Walk
I am looking forward to sharing this book with our grandchildren.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Emma Makler on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Alzheimer's disease is a confusing disease for children to grasp and understand. Wallack and Given's book takes a very complex subject and breaks it down to an easy to understand level. One of the causes of the disease is a slowing down of messages sent from one nerve to another. The illustration compares it to a baseball pitcher and catcher. In a healthy brain it is a direct "throw". In a diseased brain the pitcher can barely throw the ball and it lands on the ground. Children will easily comprehend the explanation.
The book's protagonist, Julie gives suggestions about dealing with frustrating behavior such as repetition of questions. Her grandma repeats the same thing over and over again. Julie calmly answers the question and then "redirects" her grandma and tells her how much she loves her. Kids who are reading the book will learn how to handle different situations that may arise. Adults can follow suit as well.
At times it is frustrating and scary to have a loved one with the disease and the authors help the readers feel like they are not alone and others are going through it too. Children will learn how to process the varied feelings and emotions that occur as they watch their loved one with the disease.
As an educator, I will incorporate this book into my curriculum, because I feel it is a topic that should be taught to all children. We need to have compassion and education about people who are different and behave differently. Sadly the statistics show that this disease is escalating and it is only a matter of time before everyone will be touched in some way by it. Wallack/Given's fine book prepares the future generations about this disease; with grace, kindness and strength. This book is a Must Have for everyone!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Greene on June 30, 2013
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You should buy this book for any child who has a relative facing Alzheimer's Disease.

My son was six when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I wish I had this book to share with him so he could have had a better understanding of his grandmother's decline and his own emotions during this difficult period.

In Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?, the author does a wonderful job capturing the complexities of family life that includes Alzheimer's disease. He discusses the changing roles of family members, losses children may experience, and pays special attention to the value to a child remaining involved with someone who has Alzheimer's.

This book is an incredible inspiration. Thank you Max Wallack for sharing from your heart.

Cheryl Greene
Co-founder, DrGreene.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T Rose on July 2, 2013
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Understanding, with humor, and knowing what to do to support family members and friends with Alzheimer's and related dementias goes a long way. And the more children can be engaged, the better the future will be. Children are willing and able to add to the joy of human life, right now, at their tender ages. This book shows them how. Thank you Max and Carolyn. Tryn Rose Seley, Author 15 Minutes of Fame: One Photo Does Wonders to Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Arnette on July 1, 2013
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I just read it Max. It made me laugh, cry and touched me with the honesty about Alzheimer's Disease. Your book is a must read for every family dealing with Alzheimer's.
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We often underestimate a child's capacity to understand and offer compassion. In "Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?: An Explanation of Alzheimer's Disease for Children" Author Max Wallack draws from his personal experience and his study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, to tell this story with words that children will understand. The book is beautifully written and illustrated; you can't miss the love and compassion that went into writing it. Thank you, Max, for creating this book to help parents talk to their children about the challenges of caring for someone who is cognitively impaired AND thank you for pursuing a career in biomedical research.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Marston on July 22, 2013
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Whether or not you have a close relationship with someone suffering from Alzheimer's, you know that this condition is becoming more and more a national concern. Wallack and Given's book will help you to be more aware of the tragic effects of Alzheimer's at the simplest level--as perceived by a child--and thus better prepared to spread the word whenever you have the chance.

Written in simple, straightforward prose, with illustrations in a pseudo-childish art style that works very well in this case, it tells an intimate story about the good days now past, the troubled present, and the possibility--even if slim--of something better to come. I was struck by the effectiveness of the authors' approach and the underlying compassion. While the story is revealed through a child's eyes and in a child's mode of expression, I would recommend "Grandma" strongly as an all-ages look at loss, love, and hope. The authors are to be highly commended for their vision and their achievement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AR on July 18, 2013
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The wonderfully simple tale of a young girl and her burgeoning understanding about her Grandmother's Alzheimer's disease.

Every child should read this book, not just those touched by Alzheimer's, so they can understand aging, illness and the love that remains even after being touched by AD.

Bravo for this fearless book!
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