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New Children’s Book to Aid Discussions on Alzheimer’s Disease


There are several books on the market to help introduce a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to children. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association has produced a list of books and other resources, which can be found here.

A new book, written by Carolyn Given and 17 year old Max Wallack, whose great-grandmother moved in with his family after receiving the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s when he was just 6,  is entitled “Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? An Explanation of Alzheimer’s Disease for Children” is out on the market.

The book hopes to provide information in an easily understood format for children. The story follows a young girl named Julie, age 7, whose grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and depicts a picture of what would be very abnormal in young Julie’s life but is the very real nature of Grandma’s life.

Max Wallack, 17, is currently a junior at Boston University studying to become a geriatric psychiatrist. Wallack has been advocating for this disease from a young age. To read more about his amazing story and the other neat work he’s accomplished, click here.

Wallack and Given’s book, “Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? An Explanation of Alzheimer’s Disease for Children” can be purchased from Amazon.

One Comment

  1. January 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Wonderful book! This lovely story is enthralling children in many different countries – ask Max if it is available in your language! My local schools are using the story to help children who have grandparents with dementia and it’s vital that all children grow up with understanding.

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