About the Book and Edie


Edie wrote this book as a Girl

Scout Silver Award project after 8th grade. Edie brought together a group of friends to illustrate this book. She wrote the story to educate youth about dementia.  Edie hopes it helps to bridge communication between those with memory loss and their family and friends.

- Edie Weinstein, Author -

Become Dementia Friend Trained by reading Grandpa and LucyChildren and adults learn how to best communicate with those who have memory loss or dementia. The book teaches 5 key messages about living with dementia. A reader is "Dementia Friend" trained after learning 5 key messages, and commiting to a simple action item. English and Spanish action item slips are used to commitment to a simple action item. A 2nd-6th grade curriculum is available to accompany the book and Dementia Friend stickers can celebrate a person completed this simple training. I wrote this book about people with memory loss.  I hope it helps youth learn about dementia.  I want to make it more enjoyable for young people to talk to their relatives or other older friends with dementia.  Because dementia can make someone's world shrink, I hope this book helps families become closer and broaden their worlds.  



When Edie first reads the book, then the 5 key messages, and then asks people to commit to one action item, those in the audience are considered dementia friend trained.  

To learn more about becoming dementia friend and champions go to: 

- Illustrators -

This book was illustrated by seven teen friends. 

It is a book made by teens for teens.