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Boy creates word search book inspired by his grandmother who suffers from dementia

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2018-03-23 15:33

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It was in 2015 that John and his family started to noticed that Mary’s cognitive functions were failing, as she was having a hard time working on the traditional word searches she once loved. That's when John decided to create individual word searches on Google Docs, using simple and shorter words. This way she can exercise her brain and enjoy herself.

“She was ecstatic, it made her day every time I gave her a new one. Honestly, the reason I did it was because of her reaction,” Frates said. “It’s really exciting”, the inventor said.
John compiled 27 word searches: each made up of six to 10 words. They were built based on categories such as weather, animals and continents.

Because of the good reaction from Mary, the boy put all of these together in a book and is donating the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The word searches were created by enlarging the font, simplifying the words and avoiding backward and diagonally hidden phrases.

The book is called “Grandma & Granpa’s Word Searches” and can be bought on Amazon (it costs $5.99)

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Adapted from: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/grandma-alzheimers-cant-puzzles-teen-com...

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John Frates, born in USA, in 2000, developed, in 2017, a word search book to help his grandmother Mary, who struggles with dementia.

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