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Elmer and the Gift, out now in paperback in all good book shops!


About the book

Andersen Press is partnering with Alzheimer’s Research UK for the release of the paperback edition of Elmer and the Gift, the final book from writer and illustrator David McKee.

In this touching story, Aunt Zelda knows she’s supposed to give something to Elmer… she just can’t remember what it is!

Luckily, after a heart-warming adventure, Elmer and his friends manage to solve the mystery.

The paperback of Elmer and the Gift includes a special page from Alzheimer’s Research UK to help adults speak to young people about dementia.

"I loved reading the story of Elmer and the Gift in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Thousands of families are impacted by dementia and talking about it to friends and family of any age is incredibly difficult. David McKee’s Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is colourful, trusted, and nostalgic for many parents, making the story a great way to start these important conversations with little ones."

Will Poulter, Hollywood actor and Alzheimer's Research UK supporter

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How to talk to young people about dementia

We all forget things from time-to-time, but some people have an illness that stops their brains from working properly. This condition is called dementia. It can cause people to have trouble remembering, thinking or speaking – just like Aunt Zelda.

Dementia can be difficult and upsetting at times, but by being patient, understanding and kind, Elmer helped Aunt Zelda remember her special gift.

Young people can also develop their understanding by visiting our child-friendly Dementia Explained site.

Planning for the future

If you have a young family, you might be thinking about planning for the future. Take a look at our helpful information on writing your Will, as well as guidance on inheritance tax and paying for care.