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Talking Art: A child's storybook-creating conversations

Talking Art: A child's storybook-creating conversations

Update: 2021-07-22
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Join Colm and best-selling author Alex Winstanley as they discuss Alex’s award-winning book “My Grandma has Dementia” and the importance of lived experience and child targeted authorship in dementia care. Alex spent years as a teacher and carer and has since set up a not-for-profit organisation called Happy Smiles Training CIC . Alex is currently writing a series of children's books that support them to understand a range of long-term health conditions, including dementia, depression and cancer. 

In this episode, Colm and Alex discuss the role of his book in introducing children to the impact of dementia in a soft, supportive, yet, realistic and positive way, through the personal story of his own grandma. Alex shares his reasons for writing the book, hints and tips and the use of wonderful illustrations with subtle messages to help start the conversation.

This conversation is the first of many podcast episodes on authorship and the many ways the arts are utilised in the field of dementia Care.

Read ‘My Grandma has Dementia’ and Alex’s other books here

The Dementia Centre has many books and resources to assist those living with or caring for people with dementia. 

Alex, discusses the impacts of moving his grandma into care, please find here a helpful resource that provides tips on moving a loved one into residential care. 

'Race Against Dementia' as mentioned in this episode, funds innovative dementia research. 

We welcome any feedback to please be sent to the email: hello@dementiacentre.com . Feedback allows us to continue to provide an up to date and relevant platform that discusses the needs and lives of those living with dementia and their carers.

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Talking Art: A child's storybook-creating conversations

Talking Art: A child's storybook-creating conversations

Professor Colm Cunningham