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The Dementia Diaries

The Dementia Diaries

A Novel in Cartoons

Matthew Snyman and Social Innovation Lab Kent. Foreword by Angela Rippon OBE

Quick Overview

Brie, Fred, Sarah, and Sam tell you what it's really like to care for a relative who has dementia. Funny, moving and honest, their illustrated diary entries will completely alter your understanding of dementia. The book also contains practical tips and activities for young people who have a relative with the illness.
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2016, 8.50in x 6.22in / 216mm x 158mm, 128pp
ISBN: 9781785920325


Longlisted for the School Library Association's Information Book Award 2017 - 'Over 12' category.

Brie's Granddad has always been a serious man, never without a newspaper and knowing the answer to everything. But now he keeps losing track of the conversation, and honestly, Brie doesn't really know how to speak to him. At first, Fred was annoyed that Gramps had come to live with them, it meant he had to give up his room! But then he starts to enjoy watching old films with him and spending time together... although there's the small problem of Gramps calling him Simon.

Follow the stories of Brie, Fred, and other young carers as they try to understand and cope with their grandparents' dementia at all stages of the illness. Adapted from true stories, and supplemented with fun activities and discussion ideas, this book for children aged approximately 7-14 cuts to the truth of the experience of dementia and tackles stigma with a warm and open perspective.


'A beautiful book from the first page to the last word.'
- Anne Child, MBE

'The work you are doing is so moving and so very important.'
- Artz Philadelphia

'I work within a Home Treatment Service that specialise in supporting those with a diagnosis or probable diagnosis. I have the belief publications like this could well aid in reducing stigma attached to a diagnosis of dementia. Not only can it bring some comfort to those with a new or long standing diagnosis and to their families/carers, but it can also provide education.'
- Jennifer Cooper, Mental Health Nurse, Sittingbourne

'Once I started to read "The Dementia Diaries" I couldn't put it down, & I'm not a reader. Some parts of the book I found quite humorous other parts reduced me to tears. The attitude of these young people to dementia is very uplifting. As a fairly new carer, I can learn. An exceptional book - very well done to all who contributed. Thank you.'
- Jean W, Carer

'We need innovative resources, such as the Dementia Diaries as an educational resource for everyone. This novel in cartoons will engage children and adults around the world. In fact, the idea of making a book about dementia by children is groundbreaking. I highly recommend the Dementia Diaries to anyone that wants to learn about the challenges of dementia through the eyes of young children.'
- Sophie Okolo, Aging Professional, USA