2014-04-02 19:21:32 - Published this week on Amazon Kindle, The Forgetful Elephant by Irene Mackay is a beautifully written and illustrated story, explaining dementia to small children in a touching way they can interact with and understand.
“Grandpa forgets lots of things now. And sometimes he tells me the same story over and over again” says Ellie the young elephant. Mummy elephant gently explains why, and suggests how Ellie can help him.
Author Irene Mackay trained as a professional Home Support Worker with Alzheimer Scotland. Her Mum was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia some years ago, and is now in a care home. Questions asked by the young granddaughter of a dementia patient inspired Irene to write the book, to help families having to cope with the painful and complex adjustments needed when living with dementia.
“Having first-hand experience of this life-changing condition, I am passionate about raising awareness of memory loss. It can be difficult to explain to a
small child what is happening to a grandparent, parent or sibling. This book shows how even the very young can maintain meaningful relationships with loved ones suffering from dementia,” says Irene.
Irene’s website www.irenemackay.com gives practical advice, resources, and details of Ellie Sessions, Irene’s interactive storytelling events in schools and in the community, with an opportunity for questions and answers. “Children ask the most amazing questions!” says Irene. “They deserve to know the truth, to remove the confusing mystery, and often fear, associated with the disease. My mission is to help families cope at this difficult time. I hope The Forgetful Elephant will improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.”
The Forgetful Elephant written by Irene Mackay and illustrated by Barbara Dessi is available in print and ebook format from: