Gardening with Grandma: An Alzheimer’s Story for Children and Their Families


Gardening with Grandma is designed to be a teaching tool adults can use to have a conversation with a child about Alzheimer’s disease. The book takes young readers on the journey with 8-year-old Luke as he learns new ways to connect with his grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Luke learns that even though she has a disease that affects her memory and behavior, she still loves him. Gardening with Grandma ends with a message to adults to help them have meaningful, age-appropriate conversations with a child when a special person in their life has Alzheimer’s.

Suggested for children ages 5 through 8. 

Versión en español disponible aquí.

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Advance Praise for Gardening with Grandma

“Even young children can and should be taught about dementia. Gardening with Grandma is a valuable tool for helping children understand brain change, and empowering them with effective responses.”

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Founder of Positive Approach to Care


Gardening with Grandma teaches children that their compassion can truly make a difference. My young son found many ways to interact with his Grandma while she struggled with Alzheimer’s, and he finds many nice ways to engage with his dad who has early-onset Alzheimer’s. Love always remains, and this wonderful book reinforces that. It’s a must read.”

Pam K., wife, mother, and family caregiver


“The end of the the book is extraordinary with the guide on how to initiate the conversation and explain Alzheimer’s to children. I meet so many families who keep kids and grandkids away from their loved ones with Alzheimer’s to shield them from the pain of the disease without realizing how that prevents everyone involved from sharing their love as long as they can. Gardening with Grandma is the perfect resource to help entire families navigate this disease with love.”

Loretta Vaney, speaker and trainer in the areas of dementia, caregiving, and aging; Lego serious play facilitator

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