BOOKS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DEBUT IN TIME FOR WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY, SEPTEMBER, 21, 2008

Picture Books that Spark Reflection and Reminiscences may be Silver Lining in Dark Cloud of Alzheimer’s Disease

CAMANO ISLAND, WA - When Dan Koffman’s father was diagnosed with dementia, he vowed to do something that would have a positive effect on people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as those who love and care for them. “Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© is the realization of that goal,” says Koffman.

The debut of the Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© book series coincides with World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, a day focused on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia, diseases that effect an estimated five million Americans today, with numbers expected to rise to as many as 16 million of our country’s aging population by 2050.

Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© is a picture book series created by Koffman, an artist whose career has been based on the power of images, especially for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia that encourages moments of quiet reflection, fresh reminiscences and peaceful times free from frustration and confusion. Each book focuses on a familiar aspect of life and is filled with simple, bold photo illustrations of familiar objects easily recognized by most Special Seniors. The first three books in the series are FRUITS, FUN FOODS and HAND TOOLS.

“Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© books can provide that little spark necessary to create sweet, shared moments of loving closeness and joyful connectedness for a Special Senior and his or her caregiving family, moments that will be treasured forever,” says Koffman.

“There’s nothing nice about Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Koffman concludes, “but Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© books can be a silver lining in that gray cloud, creating new times to treasure, taking full advantage of every precious moment between Special Seniors and those who love and care for them.”

Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© books are available at www.simplepleasuresforspecialseniors.com (hardcover and softcover) as well as at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com (softcover only).