Item description for The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults by Lydia Burdick...
You won't find a simpler way to interact meaningfully and enjoyably with someone with memory impairment! Just sit down together, open this colorful and engaging book across both laps, and begin reading, reminiscing, and communing. This read-aloud book is the perfect way for family members or friends to visit or for caregiving staff to get to know residents.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 11" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 21, 2004
Publisher Health Professions Press
ISBN 1932529098 ISBN13 9781932529098
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults?
Good Attempt to help people with dementia Dec 23, 2007
I like the book - but couldn't keep my mother attentive - I think the type is too small - maybe a little busy to look at - The writing is good!! I appreciate anyone that publishes books or anything to help - - Thank you!
Great book Feb 17, 2006
My Mom turned the page and read each page aloud. It was the most engaged she has been in a long time. We plan to read it again and again so she can tell me about the pictures!
Jacqueline - Memories are forever Jan 20, 2006
This book is AMAZAING! I am always amazed by the creativity of people especially during life's challenges. This book is by far the best use of creativity I have ever seen. By reading this book with a loved one, it will give you a gift to cherish forever. I hope that this book is translated into many languages and that it is read by husbands, daughters, sons, grandchildren, friends and nurses throughout the world.
This book helped my father. May 9, 2005
My father is in a nursing home with an Alzheimers related illness. It has been a long time since he talked about his life, rather than present time, moment-to-moment experiences. When he and I held the two-lap book and I read with him he began to brighten up and remember things, especially the drive in the country page. He remembered loving bringing his family on country drives and even mentioned places we used to go. We had one of the sweetest visits that we have had in years. Thank you for this book!
I am talking to the nursing home about having several copies to read to the other patients.
Not Only For One's Parents May 9, 2005
Let me second the enthusiasm for Burdick's delightful book, which indeed will bring back some haunting images from even the most caved-in mind. It is not, however, solely geared for family members and I would encourage all to buy a copy of this book, you do not need to have a mother or father with Alzheimer's, it is perfect for reading along with any friends of yours, even younger people, who are troubled by memory challenges in the Alzheimer's range. For example, I took this book with me on my visit to the local elderhostel near my home, offering to share it with anyone who would like to read a good book, and once we were snuggled up on a park bench overlooking a pool swimming with koi, the "two lap" approach found me reading aloud to a white male stranger who might have been in his early 80s, a dignified man whose clothes were impeccable, if somewhat out of style, and obviously he had memory problems as he could not tell me his name. We sat down and began to pore through the book, with its lovely illustrations--not childlike, just very clear and nostalgic. After a few pages he told me that he had been in the Normandy Invasion! There are other suggestions in the book, tips on how to say things in ways which don't threaten the memory-challenged adult, and to my astonishment the man was telling me about a friend of his who had drowned in the surf on Omaha Beach, and he (my new friend) had climbed to safety on the back of his dead buddy. When we got to the part about his favorite song, he began to sing, "My Buddy," a song which I did not know but he sang it so loudly that others in the park turned their heads and a few chimed in.
Some residents said that this man had not spoken aloud in years, and one said this was the first time anyone even knew that my new friend was an American. He spoke so little that, based on his name, many had thought he was a Frenchman marooned in this country by dementia. That day we truly felt "the sunshine on our faces." Even though it was not (strictly speaking) a good memory, it was still a precious one.