"I used to buy children's books with big pictures, big words, about animals for my mother, who has advanced dementia. Now to be able to have a book with pictures and words with somebody her age sitting on a chair enjoying the sunset — it's a really inspired idea." (Jill Eikenberry, a New York-based actress 2001-01-01)
". . . a book especially recommended to for [sic] anyone having to cope with Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke and other memory-damaging disorders. With simple, colorful illustrations enhancing a deftly written, informed and informative text, Lydia Burdick' [sic] 'Wishing On a Star' is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and a fine addition to any personal or public library collections." (Midwest Book Review
"Wishing On a Star is not only a book to share with our loved one, but a gentle educational tool to help all of us in our journey through the emotional maze [of] Alzheimer's and dementia." (Edie Dykeman ElderCare Cafe Blog, http://www.eldercarecafe.net/wishing-on-a-star-book-review.html#more-1412
"Lydia Burdick's book series is fulfilling an unmet need for reading materials for older persons with memory problems. Our research indicates that these are the kinds of reading materials which these persons may prefer to read at some point in the course of their condition." (Barry Reisberg, M.D., Clinical Director Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center, New York University School of Medicine
"A wonderful way to engage with a memory-impaired adult" (Peter Rabins, M.D., MPH, Professor of Psychiatry Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
About the Author
With a master's degree in Clinical Practices (psychology), Lydia Burdick's career has been in human resources. Since 1993, she has been a consultant at an international outplacement firm. Lydia wrote The Sunshine on My Face in the course of caring for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "One of my greatest pleasures," she says, "was sitting together with my mother and hearing her read the words from this book when she had otherwise stopped speaking almost entirely."