Recommended Books

61abSqH5h-L._SL1050_The 36 Hour Day

Originally published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day was the first book of its kind. Thirty years later, with dozens of other books on the market, it remains the definitive guide for people caring for someone with dementia. Now in its 5th edition, this best-selling book features revised chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.

51lP8Z+qlpLLearning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

Dr. Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between care-partners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips for dealing with the disease of dementia.

51zGDhiLa0LWhat If It’s Not Alzheimer’s?: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia

This book is an excellent reference for those families dealing with a loved one suffering not from Alzheimer’s disease, but from one of the other types of dementia, with a particular focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer’s dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.

51zfkkiUkZLLoving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief

This book focuses on the emotional impact of loving someone with dementia and about how to manage on-going stress and grief. The book is for caregivers, family members, friends, neighbors as well as educators and professionals—anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in “ambiguous loss”—having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.

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Ahead of Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a great challenge: it requires resilience, creativity, careful planning, and knowledge of the multiple aspects of dementia care. This book brings a comprehensive overview of what family caregivers need to know to identify and manage dementia symptoms, make wise plans for future care, and avoid costly mistakes as dementia progresses. Pragmatic, concise, and straight to the point, yet with poignant anecdotes and compassionate wisdom, Ahead of Dementia is a valuable tool for those who want to know how best to help their loved ones while also caring for themselves.