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’s old bike with her r. Talk­ing with him e her feel bet­ter. is chang­ing. He’s sed and for­get­ful. o take over some of espon­si­bil­i­ties, such g the twins af­ter free! How will she e to save enough the new bike she wing up in the tion of New York a was an ac­tive girl She loved to run, d roller skate as well write. She loved blue bike very fast. as such a sense of Med­ina said. “Merci hat.” bike some­times helps Merci for­get her wor­ries about Lolo. He has a dis­ease called Alzheimer’s (pro­nounced altz-hi-merz), which af­fects the brain and causes ex­treme mem­ory loss.

The dis­ease af­fects about

5.7 mil­lion older Amer­i­cans, ac­cord­ing to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion. That means there are many grand­par­ents who are strug­gling like Lolo, and many young peo­ple who worry about them, like Merci.

In her book, Med­ina also in­cluded grand­par­ents who are healthy and cre­ative, to show that ev­ery­one ages dif­fer­ently. Abuela, for ex­am­ple, is an amaz­ing seam­stress who de­signs and sews fan­tas­tic cos­tumes for Merci and one of her friends. – Washington Post


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