The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults

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The First Picture Storybook for Memory-Challenged Adults to Read Out Loud with Their Family and Friends! This simple book for aging adults with dementia is the first of its kind. It addresses two of the major challenges that caregivers face: communicating with the person with Alzheimer's and finding meaningful ways to fill the time. The author has termed it "A Two-Lap Book" because it's designed to be read aloud by two people sitting close together; a person with Alzheimer's and his or her caregiver or loved one. Like a children's picture book, it uses straightforward language and cheerful, engaging illustrations. Unlike a children's book, the topics relate to adult life experiences and the illustrations are of older people. The Sunshine on My Face encourages conversations by evoking thoughts of past experiences and current pleasures. In her introduction, the author explains that it can be read to the person with Alzheimer's, by the person with Alzheimer's, or in an alternating fashion. The author also recommends that the caregiver ask questions related to the text and illustrations to elicit responses from the person with dementia. This book is an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool for facilitating meaningful communication between adults with dementia and their caregivers/loved ones. It can be used as frequently or infrequently as the caregiver desires.

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You won't find a simpler way to joyfully interact with someone with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other memory impairment. Sit down together, open The Sunshine on My Face across both laps, and begin reading and talking. A Two-Lap Book™ is the perfect way for family and friends to visit with a loved one or for caregivers to provide a more personal touch. Open to a favorite picture ... read it aloud from start to finish ... or select just a page or two to spark a conversation.

While memory-impairing disease such as Alzheimer's gradually strip away communication skills, The Sunshine on My Face brings alive remaining abilities and lets you re-connect in meaningful ways. The easy-to-read words and colorful pictures relate to most people's lives, present and past. Use them to inspire intergenerational exchanges with children, encourage physical closeness, maintain reading skills, or provide a calming diversion. A Two-Lap Book's appeal is universal and timeless.

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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