Book to help kids cope with grandparents who have dementia

KAREN and Steve Tyrrell know all too heartbreakingly well the sorrow of watching loved ones succumb to dementia. And they've seen how their children struggle to cope with grandparents who stop joining in the fun and become forgetful.

Fortunately, Karen is an award-winning Australian resilience author and teacher.

She speaks on TV and radio and writes for magazines as well as having produced two books (Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully), empowering children to take active measures when life gets rough.

So it seemed only natural that the next book should help children cope with the dilemma of losing grandparents through dementia.

Her warm-hearted but powerful book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, gives children guidelines to follow to take a proactive course in what to do in these situations.

Written in simple, easy-to-read text and brightly illustrated by Aaron Pocock, it's a must-read for any child up to 10 years of age, whether or not dementia is present in the family. It tells how even a small boy can work out ways to help his beloved grandpa cope with memory loss.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember was subsidised through a grant provided by Arts Queensland in 2014.

Karen explains, 'I needed to create a powerful and heartfelt picture book that inspired some hope within families grappling with change and illness in those they love.

'I now have a deeper understanding and compassion for Alzheimer's and how we can make those with the disease happier and less anxious. I'm passionate about raising awareness and spreading the word on positive brain health and how prevention is better while there is no cure.'

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is available for $15.95 paperback and $24.95 hard cover from Amazon, Riverbend, The Book Garden and selected Dymocks and Angus and Robertson stores and those listed on Karen's website http://www.karentyrrell.com.

Karen Tyrrell, an award-winning Australian resilience author and teacher, has written Harry Helps Grandpa Remember to give children guidelines to follow when a grandparent has dementia.
Karen Tyrrell, an award-winning Australian resilience author and teacher, has written Harry Helps Grandpa Remember to give children guidelines to follow when a grandparent has dementia.

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