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Books on Alzheimer's Disease

Voices of Alzheimer's: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort, and Strength
The Healing Project (2007) 
40 stories by people touched by Alzheimer's: patients, friends, family members, and caregivers.  Readers get firsthand views into the way families and professionals cope with the disease. 

Inside Alzheimer's: How To Hear and Honor Connections with a Person Who Has Dementia
Nancy Pearce (2007)
Clinical social worker Pearce guides caregivers toward meaningful connection with patients.  Including stories and case histories, she finishes with exercises for "working it out."

The 36-Hour Day : A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life, 3rd edition
Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins (2006)
First published in 1981, this classic provides tips on how to care for the demented during different stages of the disease and discusses the kinds of help available and how to seek it. Financial and legal issues are covered, and sections on nursing homes and other alternative living arrangements provide practical suggestions.

A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier 
by Patricia Callone, Barbara Vasiloff, Roger Brumback, Janaan Manternach and Connie Kudlacek (2005)
This practical, insightful resource examines, credibly and with compassion, the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers
Daniel Kuhn (2003)
Gives information on Alzheimer’s risk factors, treatments, and prevention, as well as reflections by family members. Also provides information about drugs and the federal government’s decision to cover counseling and other health-related services through Medicare.

Alzheimer's Health Care Handbook: How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Relative with Alzheimer's Disease, In and Out of the Hospital
Mary S. Mittelman & Cynthia Epstein (2003)
Offers caregivers clear explanations and helpful advice about how to meet the needs of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s both inside and outside of a hospital—and meet their own needs as well.  

Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease
Joanne Koenig Coste (2003)
Describes how to preserve the “personhood” of those with dementia, including techniques for keeping communication going and reducing frustration. 

North Carolina Services & Support

NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (NC Department of Health and Human Services)

Seniors' Health Resources (NC Health Info)


Selected Links on Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias (NIH National Institute on Aging)

Alzheimer's Disease Guide (MedlinePlus)

Find Doctors and Other Services (The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation)

Questions to Ask the Doctor (Alzheimer's Association)

Medicare Basics: A Guide for Caregivers (Alzheimer's Association)

Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide (MedlinePlus)

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Caregiving for Person with Alzheimer's Disease (Alzheimer's Association)

Home Safety and Alzheimer's Disease (NIH National Institute on Aging)

Online Community and Support Groups  (Alzheimer's Association)

10 Tips for Traveling with Your Loved One (The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation)

Eldercare Locator (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

 Updated July 2018


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