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Book launch to mark Dementia Awareness Week
Posted by on September 20, 2012

A new children’s book is to be launched by Southern Cross to mark Dementia Awareness Week, from September 21 to 28.

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Sheryl Munday, a Southern Cross Care WA village manager, said she was driven to produce the book after witnessing the confusion experienced by children with relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“I was inspired to write Shining Brightly to help the residents’ grandchildren understand what was happening to their grandparent,” Munday said.

 “I felt that they needed simple answers to questions like ‘why they have become forgetful’ and ‘why they are moving into care’.

“It is also important to sensitively inform children about what they can expect as the dementia progresses. I found that a children’s book was the perfect mechanism for this.”

Shining Brightly, which Munday both wrote and illustrated, relates the devastating progression of Alzheimer’s in an elderly woman through the eyes of her young granddaughter.

The book, which will be launched by WA Mental Health Minister Helen Morton on September 26, will be available from this website and selected bookstores.

There were 24,000 Western Australians suffering from dementia last year, according to Alzheimer’s Australia WA, and that number was expected to increase to 36,500 by 2020, and 69,000 by 2050.

Dementia Awareness Week activities are being coordinated by Alzheimer’s WA, and more information is available at http://www.fightdementia.org.au

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