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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J KORMA Korman, Gordon Pop
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.
J SCACC Scacco, Linda Always My Grandpa: A Story for Children about Alzheimer's Disease
During a summer at his grandfather's house, young Daniel, with his mother's help, begins to understand Alzheimer's disease and how it affects not only Grandpa, but the entire family, as well.
J PAPERBK SHAWV Shawver, Margaret What's Wrong with Grandma?: A Family's Experience with Alzheimer's
A young girl tries to understand the frustrating, frightening changes in her grandmother caused by Alzheimer's Disease.< /small>
J Whitelaw, Nancy A Beautiful Pearl
Although her mind is deteriorating from the effects of Alzheimer's disease, Grandma presents Lisa with a special gift on her birthday.
J Williams, Carol Lynch If I Forget, You Remember
Twelve-year-old Elyse's plan to write an award-winning novel during the summer is interrupted when her grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease, moves in with the family.
J616.83 Gosselin, Kim Allie Learns About Alzheimer's Disease: A Family Story About Love, Patience, and Acceptance
The most important thing Allie learned about Alzheimer's disease was to love her very special grandma, no matter what.
J616.831 SCHNU Schnurbush, Barbara Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants: A Story about Alzheimer's Disease for Young Children
J616.831 VOIGH Voight, Joseph My Grandma Has Alzheimer's, Too
J618.97 Weitzman, Elizabeth Let's Talk About When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's
Discusses the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease and offers basic mechanisms for coping with a loved one's illness.
JE ABEEL Abeele, Veronique van den Still My Grandma
A young girl describes her special relationship with her grandmother, both before and after Grandma contracts Alzheimer's disease.
JE ACHES Acheson, Alison Grandpa's Music: A Story About Alzheimer's
Although Alzheimer's disease makes it difficult for Callie's grandfather to remember things, his family keeps him occupied, and Callie's special task is to help him enjoy playing the piano and singing favorite songs.
JE ALTMA Altman, Linda Jacobs Singing with Momma Lou
Tamika dreads visiting her grandmother, Momma Lou, at the nursing home. Momma Lou's Alzheimer's makes her forget who Tamika is. But when Tamika's father shows her Momma Lou's scrapbooks, the young girl gets the idea of jogging Momma Lou's memory.
JE Bahr, Mary Memory Box
During a summer visit to his grandparents' lakeside cottage, Zach learns that his grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. To remember the good times for future years, they place stories, photographs, and souvenirs into a memory box.
JE KARIM Karim, Roberta Faraway Grandpa
Young Kathleen loves visiting her grandfather at his faraway home each summer to sings songs and play games, but when he becomes very forgetful and comes to live with her and her parents she can still share special times with him.
JE KNOWL Knowlton, Laurie Lazzaro A Young Man's Dance
Grandma Ronnie's grandson has a hard time adjusting to her needing a wheelchair, living in a nursing home, and not recognizing him when he comes to visit her.
JE Kroll, Virginia Fireflies, Peach Pies, & Lullabies
When Francie's Great Granny Annabel dies of Alzheimer's disease, Francie finds a way to help people remember the real person rather than the shell she had become as the disease ran its course.
JE Laminack, Lester L. The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins
Even though Miss Olivia seems unaware of the world around her, when her daughter and her great-grandson come to the nursing home to visit, they awaken happy memories of her past.
JE Langston, Laura Remember, Grandma?
Lately Grandma has trouble remembering, and it makes Margaret sad until she learns about family love that endures even when memory does not. Includes recipe for Mile-high apple pie.
JE LINDB Lindbergh, Reeve My Little Grandmother Often Forgets
Tom's grandmother is very forgetful and repeats herself often, but as long as he is there to help her, everything works out just fine.
JE Sakai, Kimiko Sachiko Means Happiness
An illustrated storybook that portrays the changing relationship a child has with her grandmother, who has Alzheimer's disease.
JE Shecter, Ben Great Uncle Alfred Forgets
A young girl takes her great uncle, who is afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, for a walk and gently and patiently answers all of his seemingly absurd questions.
JE Shriver, Maria What's Happening to Grandpa?
Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling - but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss.
JE STEIN Steinkellner, Elisabeth My New Granny
Fini's grandmother used to travel, cook, and fuss over Fini's hair but since she came home from the hospital Granny is like a different person, and Fini must learn how to love her just the same.
JE Wahl, Jan I Remember! Cried Grandma Pinky
Lisa loves to hear Grandma Pinky tell stories about the past, but Lisa worries when Grandma becomes forgetful of the present.
JE Wild, Margaret Remember Me
Although she may forget many things, Ellie's Grandma remembers all the special times the two of them have shared.
HM JE GERDN Gerdner, Linda Grandfather's Story Cloth
Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime.

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