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My Name is Cally: Alzheimer's Disease Affects Family Members of All Ages. (You Are Not Alone Children's Self Help Series)
Published November 2015
Donna Balthazard-Dube reiside in Massachusetts
What is a girl to do when all her plans for a perfect summer are changed overnight? Why does everyone around her exhibit such confusing behavior? My Name is Cally is a story about a girl, her parents, and her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s about a child’s upheaval, fear and confusion, and ultimately how the family comes together to care for their loved one with kindness, love and dignity. Tenderly told from the first-person perspective of a child, by an experienced Alzheimer’s care-giver, Cally’s story aims to illustrate that Alzheimer’s affects not only the afflicted, but the whole family, especially children—of all ages.
*****I just finished reading this book for the second time, and I love it even more than I did the first time! My dad just had a stroke, and the words in this book even help my granddaughter understand what he is going through. The author has such a beautiful, authentic way of writing from a child's perspective, but with words of such wisdom. She doesn't ignore the touchy issues, but succeeds in compassionately explaining the tough aspects of the disease, while also cherishing the beautiful moments that are shared between families and friends touched by Alzheimer's! Bravo Donna!!
*****After working five years with victims and families of the horrible disease called dementia, I can't tell you enough how wonderful and insightful this beautifully written book needs to be read by anybody affected by this debilitating disease! It's helpful for ALL AGES involved. There is such a lack of information and ways to explain to families and friends what is going on with people afflicted with this horrible illness. This book should be in every clinic, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, etc. to be read for all involved with dementia. A must read! Kudos to the author for writing and publishing this much needed story of Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease.
Donna's book My Name is Cally is very well written, to teach children and adults of all ages what it is like have Alzheimer's Disease. A great teaching tool that is understandable. I would highly recommend My Name is Cally to anyone that has a family member that may have this terrible disease.
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