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Betty the Bald Chicken - Lessons in How We Care

A Children's Book Illustrating The Impact We Have On One Another

Applicable to: Illness, Bullying, Discrimination, Ageism, Racism... & More

Betty the Bald Chicken was inspired by Lori La Bey’s journey caring for her mother who lived thirty years with Alzheimer’s disease, but this book is not limited to those dealing with dementia. Betty’s story applies to most every human situation from illness, bullying, addictions, divorce, death, to everyday struggles of not feeling like we fit in, or we are not understood. This children’s book is filled with beautiful illustrations which engage all ages by highlighting the roller coaster of emotions we all go through.

Here's a Sampling of the Book

An Ideal Tool For:
Schools, Libraries, Support Groups, Children and Adults

Betty the Bald Chicken teaches people of all ages we have much more in common with one another, than we are different. The questions in the back of the book help reader's and listen's talk with our children about the ripple effect our choices have on others, even if we don’t know them. It opens the conversation to take decision making seriously and how others will think about us based on our decisions.

We Truly Hope You Find Betty’s Journey Helpful to You, Your Family, Friends, and Clients as We Learn to Live Graciously Together with One Another.

See What People Are Saying

"This book would make a great gift, a wonderful way to start the conversation on caring for others and ourselves."

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"Betty the Bald Chicken is a gentle story that faces the harsh realities that we face when we discover that we are different than others. It is a tale of community, love and giving as well as one of rejection and pain, but also a story of inclusivity, respect and understanding. The book’s “Lessons in How to Care” are broad yet powerful throughout Betty’s journey. The section of questions included after the story is a valuable tool to open a conversation on caring. The authors and illustrator speak to the reader through words and images about how caring for others, by open our hearts and minds to another’s circumstance, can bring hope and joy to all involved. This book would make a great gift, a wonderful way to start the conversation on caring for others and ourselves."

"Betty the Bald Chicken by Lori La Bey and Scott Carlson is a powerful and poignant book that should be read by everyone! For anyone who has been laughed at, ignored or left out this book really hits home!! It is also a very heartwarming read as it highlights those who reach out to embrace, love and care for others!! It reminds me that there is still goodness in this world! I’m thrilled with the questions at the end of the book because they provide an outstanding opportunity for thought-provoking and honest group discussions!"

This inspiring book — with its heartwarming illustrations — reminds us that sometimes real friendship and compassion can only be found among those who know first hand what stigma feels like, what it means to be outcasted and marginalized by others.

It is often those who are invisible, labeled, and excluded from our society who can teach us that, at the end of the day, we are all interconnected and interdependent on each other.

They can show us the way towards inclusion.

After working with Lori for over a decade, the book is a clear reflection of her tireless, inspiring, cutting edge, and impactful work related to preserving and enhancing the human rights, dignity, care, and personhood of people living with dementia.

Recognitions and Awards

Lori La Bey is a change agent shifting dementia care around the world. Just ask Oprah, Maria Shriver, Sharecare, AARP MN, or The National Institute for Dementia Education who have recognized her cutting-edge approach to shift global dementia care. Lori's own mother lived with dementia for thirty years, so you can be comforted knowing she truly understands the needs of those diagnosed, their families, and professionals who care for them.

Oprah Winfrey

Lori La Bey named "Health Hero & Alzheimer's Empath" by O Magazine.

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Maria Shriver

Lori La Bey named "Architect of Change for Humanity" by Maria Shriver.

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Lori La Bey named "#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer's Disease" by Sharecare.

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Lori La Bey named "50 Over 50" and "Disruptor & Inspiring Leader" by AARP MN and Pollen.

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