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 Betty the Bald Chicken

Lessons in How to Care

by Lori La Bey & Scott Carlson



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, and 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.


 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 us to 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 try to live graciously together.


~Lori La Bey, is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota-based advocacy group and media outlet making an international impact. Her goal is to shift dementia care from crisis to comfort by giving voice to all and raising those voices to enrich lives by sharing critical information, personal stories, resources, products, and tools from people and organizations at all levels around the world.


La Bey has been recognized by Oprah as a “Health Hero,” Maria Shriver as an “Architect of Change,” Sharecare as the “#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer’s,” AARP MN as an “Inspiring Leader and Disruptor, and the National Institute of Dementia Education to name a few. Her radio show has been repeatedly named the #1 radio/podcast focusing on Dementia. Visit her website to access FREE educational resources, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio, or schedule an event with Lori -


~Scott Carlson, from St. Paul, Minn., is an award-winning journalist and writer. He worked nearly 30 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a government and business reporter. Currently managing editor of the Park Bugle community newspaper, Scott is the author of "Twin Cities Beer: A Heady History" and is pursuing other book projects.


978-1-952976-86-5 paperback

978-1-952976-87-2 hardcover


Books are non-refundable.

Betty the Bald Chicken by Lori La Bey & Scott Carlson

  • Books are non-refundable.

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