On some days, seven-year old Julie feels like shes living in a Fun House. Hers is a topsy-turvy world where the toaster sprouts a toothbrush, and a watermelon gets dressed up in pink underpants for a summer picnic! But on other days, Julie strugglesMoreOn some days, seven-year old Julie feels like shes living in a Fun House.
Hers is a topsy-turvy world where the toaster sprouts a toothbrush, and a watermelon gets dressed up in pink underpants for a summer picnic! But on other days, Julie struggles with understanding why her Halloween trick-or-treating got cancelled, or why Grandma cant remember her name. Julie is struggling with understanding her grandmothers Alzheimers disease. Authors Max Wallack and Carolyn Given believe that no child is too young to learn about this disease, or how to participate in providing safe care for their loved one.
Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? is a sensitive, light-hearted childrens story that seamlessly provides its young readers with a toolbox to help them overcome their fears and frustrations. It shares easy-to-understand explanations of what happens inside the brains of Alzheimers patients, how to cope with gradual memory loss, with a missed holiday, or even a missing Grandma!
This 40-page fully illustrated childrens book is told from a second-graders perspective in her own style and vocabulary, but it lovingly shares real strategies, scientific insights and lessons of dignity from which adult caregivers may also benefit. Max Wallack has received numerous national awards for his work on behalf of Alzheimers patients. These include the Nestle Very Best in Youth Award, the Citizens Bank Trufit Good Citizen Scholarship, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award, and the Presidents Call to Service Medal.
He has published in respected journals in the field of Alzheimers disease and has presented his work at national and international conferences. Carolyn Given is an experienced caregiver herself and an acclaimed middle and high school educator with particular interest in intergenerational programming.
Prior to her teaching career, she served as her towns Council on Aging Director and later became cover-story writer and editor of The Senior Advocate (now called the Fifty Plus Advocate Newspaper), a Massachusetts-based mature market publication. Most recently she was the recipient of an award from the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women. Together, Max and Carolyn have created a book that is a necessity for the millions of children and grandchildren who are currently dealing with this incurable disease.