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My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia: What is Dementia and What Does it Do?

by Lynda Moore Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Hbk 48 pages
AU$22.99 NZ$24.34
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'Sometimes, a person's brain gets sick with a disease called dementia.'


What does dementia do to the brain? And how can we help if someone we know, like a parent or a grandparent, has the disease?


This book breaks down misconceptions about dementia and speaks directly to children aged under 5 about the realities of the disease, using age appropriate language in an engaging and informative way. It reassures parents of the value of open and honest conversation about the challenges raised by dementia and offers advice and support in the opening 'Guide for grown ups'. It includes a diverse audience of characters, to emphasise that ANY child can be impacted by dementia in their loved ones. Unlike traditional storybooks, the ending provides a question for the adult and child reading it to ponder together.


Explains the complex concepts of dementia, such as brain function, disease progression and death to pre-school aged children in a direct and age-appropriate way, as well as exploring children's feelings about these issues. This book caters for children aged 4+ who have a loved one at any stage of dementia.


Market: Children, in particular pre-school aged children (under 5), and their families everywhere who are impacted by dementia.

Guide for grown ups; Bio; Story

'My book about brains, change and dementia' offers a fantastic way to help parents communicate to a child the complex and often difficult task of explaining the disease. This book does so well at simplifying but not disguising dementia and additionally advocates that the feelings the disease can create in a loved one of a sufferer are okay - which is so important for kids to know.'

- Takaya Honda, ABC Playschool, Neighbours


'Beautifully written and thoughtfully presented. This important book equips both children and adults with the means to understand and talk about what could otherwise be a mysterious and distressing subject.'

- Andy Griffiths, children's author, Australia


'A beautifully illustrated, beautifully written book for children that teaches them about dementia in a realistic, yet simple way.'

- Wendy Mitchell, author of Somebody I Used to Know


'This is a great book. Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, it will help children better understand dementia and make it easier for adults explain to children the behavioural changes that can occur when a much loved family member has dementia.'

- Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Ambassador Dementia Australia; 2013 Australian of the Year
Lynda Moore is a family clinician and consultant with Dementia Australia. She has a master's degree in clinical family therapy and has worked for over 5 years counselling children impacted by dementia.


George Haddon is an award-winning cartoonist known for his political cartooning in the Herald-Sun newspaper and for the RACV magazine. He has illustrated a number of other children's books.