Dementia is a frightening thing to adults so it is hardly surprising that it's frightening to children. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. It may be on a sliding scale of total confusion to just occasional memory lapses. All dementia is not Alzheimer's disease and many people show moderate memory loss without ever being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
This book is not an attempt to define the disease or to suggest a cure or treatment. The goal of this book is to provide a simplistic explanation of general dementia to a primary-age child. Kids are amazingly resilient if they are provided with explanations for confusing things in their lives. My hope is this book will provide children a modicum of illumination on a confusing issue.
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About the Author
Most of my writing deals with social issues that I feel need addressed. My feelings are generally worn boldly on my sleeves and that is how I address social issues. Parents that travel or are deployed, domestic abuse, feelings of alienation, bullies, blindness, stepmothers, the demise of pets are all things that I have addressed or plan on addressing in my books.
My target market is children. This is most likely due to my personal unwillingness to accept all aspects of maturity. What kids feel and understand is often grossly underestimated. I have hopes of providing kids with some help in dealing with social issues that many of them face.
Most of all I hope to write things that kids will want to read. As our society becomes more and more technical there is one old skill that is increasing in demand, the ability to read and to comprehend what you read. The ability to read a book certainly provides you with the ability to read a technical manual or to read the text on a LCD screen whether it is on your computer or your cellular phone. Reading for enjoyment not only broadens the mind, it can decrease stress and make life more enjoyable.
Success is measured in many ways. I felt successful in my working life whether it was slinging baloney, teaching or fixing computers. When I had a 7 year old approach me and tell me she loved my book I truly felt I was an author. My goal as an author isn't selling a lot of books. My goal is to touch children's lives and help them live life a little better.
B.S. Comprehensive Social Sciences
M.Ed in Student Personnel Services
30 Post graduate credits in Counseling Psychology
Certified Secondary School Guidance Pennsylvania Department of Education
National Drug Institute Community Drug Program Development