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Wishing on a Star (Two-Lap Books) 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1932529432
ISBN-10: 1932529438
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"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 2001-01-01)

"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 2001-01-01)

"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 2001-01-01)

"A wonderful way to engage with a memory-impaired adult" (Peter Rabins, M.D., MPH, Professor of Psychiatry Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2001-01-01)

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."
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Product Details

  • Series: Two-Lap Books
  • Hardcover: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932529438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932529432
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tinky Weisblat on August 14, 2013
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My late mother adored this and Lydia Burdick's other books for memory-challenged adults. She read through them frequently with me and with other caregivers and was always delighted; they gently stimulated her conversational and observational skills. I have recommended them to many other caregivers. I wish there were more of them!

My only complaint is that the words "for memory-challenged adults" should not appear on the book--or should be on a removable sticker. My mother often read those words and asked about them, and knowing that she was memory challenged was not helpful to her.

Tinky Weisblat, author of Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures
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I used to read these to my mother. She suffered from Dementia. She loved to read though despite it all!! So please read to your loved one!! It is wonderful to hear their voice as they read, if you have someone who does not talk as much as they used to because of the condition.This really helped us connect many days.....fond memories. At first I thought it seemed too childlike, but my mother really connected. I highly recommend this book.
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When my mother first showed signs of dementia, one of the first casualties of the disease was her inability to read the books she loved so much. Later, many times she and I sat side-by-side on the sofa and looked through magazines such as Ideal looking at the beautiful color pictures as I read aloud to her.

Wishing on a Star is the perfect size lap book to share with our memory-challenged loved one. The words, the brilliant colors and artwork, and the storyline are woven together to form a wonderful tool to help our loved one by stimulating their memory, and softly challenging their creative mind.

The book is an active story of family and friends, pets and games, ice cream cones and marshmallow roasts. It is a happy book that carries one along with a desire to join the fun. It is a book I am sure my mother would have loved to read.

I highly recommended this book if your loved one is struggling with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia. Go through the book together and create an experience you will long remember after your loved one is gone.

Wishing on a Star: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults (Two-Lap Book)
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I am so grateful for books with large pretty pictures and large simple words for adults with memory problems. My Mom is 95 and has dementia and diabetes. She can read these and also likes to be read to because it is comforting and has pictures of elderly adults.
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This is perfect for my mother and for others in the memory care facility where she is residing now. I was so pleased to donate this book and the other two by Lydia Burdick written specifically for memory-challenged adults. The illustrations are beautiful. When I read one to my mother and showed her and another lady the illustrations their faces lit up! Thank you for making these available!!
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Even though my husband can no longer focus due to his visual challenges, these books provide loads of conversation opportunities and he continues to enjoy hearing someone read to him. I'm finding them surprisingly enjoyable!
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I am a hospice volunteer coordinator and am always looking at ways volunteers can connect with their patients. I have had a couple volunteers use this book with their patients now and they were able to connect a little better. Thank you.
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Health Professions Press has introduced a new tool for memory-challenged adults. This book is a great tool to use to interact with someone who is experiencing memory loss. The easy-to-read text and colorful pictures encourage conversation, singing, and reminiscing. The last two pages of the book contain sample conversation prompts and songs for each page, to help get you started.

A hidden benefit is that the book easily helps children and young adults feel more comfortable interacting with an aging loved one experiencing memory loss. Regardless of how many times you read this book aloud to your loved-one, it's always like a brand new story. Many patients just enjoying looking at the pictures.
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