Welcome Letter to Parents
Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly growing in the United States. According to the 2020 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures Report:
- One in 10 adults aged 65 and older are living with this disease.
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- 22,000 Montanans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s.
When a family member has Alzheimer’s, everyone in that family is affected, including children. Montana State University Extension has developed a program called the Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness for Children Storybook Program for parents. The goal of the program is to increase awareness and knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and provide supportive resources to children and families in Montana.
We invite you to participate in this program. We believe you would enjoy reading these books to a child. The content of this website includes:
- A Reading Guide that accompanies each book, which can be downloaded for each of the eight books within
the program. The reading guide includes:
- Questions to ask a child while reading the book.
- Common reactions a child may have towards Alzheimer's disease.
- Enrichment activities to help tie together the key ideas of each book.
- Websites that provide information to support the whole family.
- An order form to receive one Alzheimer Disease Awareness Book (free of charge).
After you have read the storybook a child should be able to:
- Tell you that Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain of some older adults.
- Understand that Alzheimer’s disease is not contagious.
- Identify emotions they may feel and name people who can help them work through these emotions.
- Understand a person with Alzheimer’s disease will act in unusual and sometimes frightening ways.
- Talk about some of the changes that may happen to someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
- List an activity they can do with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease.
- Realize all family members can contribute to the care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
We wish to acknowledge the Alzheimer’s Association—Montana Chapter and the Montana Geriatric Education Center at the University of Montana for their contributions to this program.
Your partners in Alzheimer’s disease education,
Rural Opioid Misuse Grant Project Manager
MSU Extension, Family & Consumer Science
Tel: 406-994-3088Cell: 406-220-3620
Marsha Goetting Ph.D., CFP®, CFCS
Professor and MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist
Voice: 406-994-5695 Fax: 406-994-4838