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Testimonials

“Once I started to read ‘The Dementia Diaries’ I couldn’t put it down and I’m not a reader. Some parts f the book I found quite humorous other parts reduced me to tears. The attitude of these young people to dementia is very uplifting. As a ‘fairly new carer’ I can learn. An exceptional book – ‘very well done’ to all who contributed. Thank-you.”  Jean W, Westgate

“A good read to get a child’s view of grandparents with dementia.  Funny in places, sad in places but very informative of the many aspects dementia has.  This is a novel everybody should read from grandchildren, parents, carers and seniors.” Janice B, Herne Bay

“The book has many words of wisdom.”  Barbara Hodkins, Butterfly Scheme

“We had the 2 eldest grandsons to stay and I gave them a  copy of dementia diaries to  take home and they both read several of the stores on the way home. They both commented how good it was and spoke about it freely. That makes me feel good and that the book was put together really well! P.S. They have both read the book completely and Theo has read it twice!” Brian & Sue, family

“The Diaries are fabulous – really good.  Well done the SILK Team.”  Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services staff

“Cathy Baldwin, the Society’s Quality Assurance Manager is really enthusiastic about the Dementia Diaries.  I love it too and will promote it all I can.  It’s a great bonus that it has a foreward by Angela Rippon, co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group.”

“Just read them and they are FANTASTIC. It is brilliant piece of work and moving and so powerful. Very very well done for producing it.”  David W, KCC

“Thank you for sending me a copy of the Dementia Diaries, which I enjoyed so much I completed it in one sitting.  Having worked as a Carer Support Worker in the past and now as a Coordinator of a befriending service for the elderly, I have met many people with dementia over recent years.  The Dementia Diaries helped me to realise that, as a Professional who did not know the person prior to their illness, it is very easy to not see past their diagnosis.  The words of the young people in this book are so heart warming as they talk with fondness and love, fear and concern for their grandparent who they continue to see as the person they used to be, not as a label.  This book taught me a lot about some of the behaviours and incidents that relatives and Carers struggle to manage on a daily basis and I found the top tips very useful. The diaries were very enjoyable to read and displayed a great blend of humour and sadness. It is a book I know I will recommend to others. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.”  Tanya Stephens

“Dementia Diaries is a strike of genius!! More than 100 participants in a seminar would agree – they were all deeply affected by the animation video, the interview video, and the book. We will have to order some more books – people were queuing up to have a glimpse at the three copies I brought home.”  Jens Peter Jensen, Denmark

“I think it’s a wonderful book, appropriate for all ages.  I was pleasantly surprised when reading it at how light-hearted some entries were, how they made me smile.  I work within a Home Treatment Service that specialise in supporting those with a diagnosis or probable diagnosis.  I have the belief publications like this could well aid in reducing stigma attached to a diagnosis of dementia.   Not only can it bring some comfort to those with a new or long standing diagnosis and to their families/carers, but it can also provide education.  I’m sure it will positively affect families, children, and carers that others have similar experiences and there are positive times rather than the daunting ones portrayed on television.”  Jennifer Cooper, Mental Health Nurse Sittingbourne

“I have read the Diaries and it is superb. The insight of the youngsters is amazing and puts many of us to shame.”  Brian Hills, Trustee Dementia UK

“The Dementia Diaries provide a fresh perspective on the narrative of Dementia.   The honesty with which it captures the experiences and voice of young diarists is truly moving, positive and uplifting!  You have created a powerful and compelling story of Dementia and this book will help others, young and old talk about, engage with and come to terms with Dementia without fear and stigma, but with compassion, courage, information and humour.”  Kiran Rao – Carer and Educationalist

“I saw the video you produced showing the development process of the Dementia Diaries; it truly was a ‘people first’ approach. Engaging young people in developing this excellent resource explaining Dementia in a simplistic yet informative way will allay the mystery of the illness for young people.”  Shahid Mohammed, BME Health Matters

“The Dementia Diaries is a great book for everyone. Written by Matthew Snyman, this book helps to raise awareness across UK and the world about the challenges of dementia. The remarkable part is that the stories are by children who have grandparents with dementia. These children are not only witnessing changes in their grandparents but also they are talking about the disease which can help raise awareness. In the US, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and places a great burden on caregivers. Unfortunately, it’s not a well-known topic in the US since caregivers are busy and those affected with Alzheimer’s don’t show physical symptoms until later when they are not able to advocate for themselves. Therefore, we need innovative resources, such as the Dementia Diaries as an educational resource for everyone. This novel in cartoons will engage children and adults around the world. In fact, the idea of making a book about dementia by children is ground breaking. I highly recommend the Dementia Diaries to anyone that wants to learn about the challenges of dementia through the eyes of young children.”  Sophie Okolo, Aging Professional, USA