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Linda A. Gerdner's Musical Memories: Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's

11/14/2017

The National Nursing Practice Network proudly announces the publication of Musical Memories, written by Linda A. Gerdner, PhD, RN, FAAN and illustrated by Maureen Taylor Gearino. This is an innovative storybook for children and their families that will introduce them to Alzheimer's Disease and the profound effect that individualized music can have on those suffering from this debilitating illness. 

Please visit the official website for this publication for further details.

From the Musical Memories website:

Musical Memories is an innovative story book for children and their families. It is designed to introduce the reader to Alzheimer's Disease and the profound effect that individualized music can have on those suffering from this debilitating illness.

Musical Memories takes a unique approach to helping children understand Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, books available for children on this subject take a very simplistic approach, focusing on the problem of short-term memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is far more complex than that. There was a need for a book to help children understand other aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Musical Memories fills that need in that it reflects the current knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, going beyond the issue of short-term memory loss to address dysfunctional behaviors, such as anxiety and agitation.

While this book is at an 8–10 year old reading level, it is much farther reaching than that. This book is designed for families. Parents, while reading to, or with, their children, can benefit from the story as well, as it models ways that music can be used to unveil personhood, promote communication, elicit positive memories, and reduce anxiety.