Nice To Meet You…Again
Empowering children to find joy and understanding in loved ones with dementia
“No! No!” shouted Ollie, “I don’t want to go in there! That’s not my grandpa; he doesn’t even know who I am anymore.” So begins the beautiful journey of a little boy who transitions from being scared and frustrated that his grandpa, and best friend, does not know him anymore, to a boy who learns what HE can do to reconnect with his grandpa who is living with dementia. This unforgettable story takes readers through a range of emotions, from sadness to hope, as Ollie learns how to better understand the effects of dementia experienced by his grandpa and what he can do to help hold on to his relationship and enjoy their time together. This story is a lesson for children and adults to learn to accept a loved one experiencing dementia and to celebrate the joy in the interactions they still experience together.
36 page hardcover, 8.5 x 8.5 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Suzanne Bottum-Jones
Suzanne Bottum-Jones is a registered nurse with over 15 years of experience working with the management of behaviors and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, brain injury, and other forms of cognitive impairment. She is a nationally recognized speaker, behavioral consultant, educator, and advocate who works to encourage health professionals and caregivers to include behavioral strategies designed to move beyond pharmacologic-only interventions. Suzanne is currently involved in developing and piloting ABAIT (Agitated Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Tools), a software platform designed to merge with electronic medical records that assist health care professionals and caregivers to improve quality of life and health outcomes for dementia patients. Suzanne Bottum-Jones resides in rural Wisconsin with her family on a five-generation farm. She loves sharing the beauty of the farm with friends, caring for her family, and helping families experiencing difficulties with dementia. Her motto in life has been to live gently, love passionately, and choose joy everyday.
“Nice To Meet You…Again is a masterfully written, beautifully illustrated and much needed book about the challenging journey traveled by families affected by dementia. The author, Suzanne Bottum-Jones, uses her extensive experience and knowledge, as well as her compassion, to provide readers with the insight and understanding to reestablish ties with loved ones suffering in the fog of cognitive impairment. More importantly, the messages in this book are applicable to persons of diverse ages and cultures and should be required reading for anyone who expects to care for aging parents or patients. Bravo, Suzanne Bottum-Jones!”
“Written with great sensitivity and care, Nice to Meet You…Again provides a valuable tool for families impacted by dementia. Suzanne Bottum-Jones provides clear, candid information on these diseases, helping children face painful realities in a responsible, age-appropriate manner.”