Book Recommendations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers
Family members and loved ones of people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia need help and resources. Caring for their loved ones can be a difficult job, but resources do exist to provide information and support that is specific to their situations. Online information sources are quite popular, but books can provide a sharable reference appreciated by those seeking information on memory care.
We’ve developed a list of book recommendations for family members and friends of people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. Many of these titles are also recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging.
Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers
By Jolene Brackey
Creating Moments of Joy is a favorite among members of the Parc Provence community. Jolene Brackey believes that our memory is made up of moments, so if we create moments of joy in someone with memory loss they may not remember the thing that was said or done but the happy feeling will linger. Full of practical tips and valuable insights, this book provides encouragement and hope while guiding people through their Alzheimer’s or dementia journey.
Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease
By Mayo Clinic, Ronald Peterson, Editor
This helpful book includes a quick guide for caregivers, glossary, and resource list. The basics of brain function are described, along with discussion of how the disease changes the life of the person who is diagnosed and the effects it may have on the family and other caregivers.
The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic
By David Shenk
David Shenk is a journalist and occasional NPR commentator who wrote this fascinating account of the history of Alzheimer’s disease from its scientific discovery to the present day epidemic.
The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volumes 1 and 2
By Virginia Bell and David Troxel
Both volumes include over 140 activities covering every stage of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offer ideas for both formal and informal interaction. These books are valuable resources for professional caregivers as well as families of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.