“This book is a true gem! When reading it together with my mom who has dementia, in very little time her mood changed. She became very engaged and very alive! It is a truly transformational book.”
—Ken Ross, family caregiver
“In my work with families and professionals, The Sunshine on My Face has been an invaluable tool for them to engage people with advanced dementia one a one-to-one basis. The simple words, pleasant themes, and colorful illustrations enable everyone to have an enjoyable experience.”
—Dan Kuhn, LCSW, Vice President of Education, All Trust Home Care
This beautiful 10th anniversary edition of the award-winning The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults presents the pictures and stories that readers have come to love while introducing new content to make interactions with a loved one with dementia more meaningful. In this innovative read-aloud book, colorful illustrations accompany short, easy-to-read text that describes universally appealing experiences: feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, listening to music, watching children play, going for a ride in the countryside, and more. Each page will spark boundless opportunities to discuss and remember happy times and comforting experiences.
Both universal and timeless, this appealing book can serve multiple purposes:
• Stimulate conversation and reminiscence
• Encourage physical closeness and interaction
• Provide a calming diversion from an upsetting episode
• Inspire intergenerational exchanges with children
• Increase social interaction
• Promote reading skills in adults who retain their literacy
Reading this book is an instant activity—no planning or preparation required. Tips on how to promote engagement with the book are provided, as well as song suggestions for each illustration. Perfect for professional and family caregivers alike.