Alzheimer's Foundation of America
This selection of books takes readers inside Alzheimer’s disease, from the voices of individuals who have
experienced the disease first-hand as well as those who devote themselves—either as family caregivers
or professionals—to providing optimal care.
The Alzheimer’s Action Plan
P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D.
Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W.,
with Tina Adler

Although experts agree that early diagnosis and treatment are essential, families don’t know where to turn for authoritative, state-of-the-art advice and answers to all of their questions. Now, combining the insights of a world-class physician and an award-winning social worker, this ground-breaking book tells you everything you need to know, including the best tests to determine if this is—or is not—Alzheimer’s disease, the most (and least) effective medical treatments; living well after diagnosis, gaining access to the latest clinical trials, and understanding the future of Alzheimer’s disease.


The 36-Hour Day (4th Edition)
A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life

Nancy L. Mace, M.A.,
Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Over the past 25 years, this best-selling book has become the “bible” for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease, offering comfort and support to millions worldwide. In addition to the practical and compassionate guidance that has made “The 36-Hour Day” invaluable to caregivers, the fourth edition includes new information on diagnostic evaluation, research, medications, the biological causes and the effects of dementia, legal and financial information, and nursing homes and other communal living arrangements.


The Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s Proofing Your Home
Mark L. Warner
“The Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s Proofing Your Hom” shows how to create a home environment that helps you cope with the difficulties associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The author deals with both interior and exterior spaces, discussing problems and solutions associated with specific areas, such as the kitchen, bathroom, corridors, and patios and decks. In addition, the book discusses specific issues like wandering, incontinence, and access limitation, as well as provides information about specific products and presents more than 100 photographs and line drawings that can help make the home a safer, more pleasant environment.

Keeping Busy…
A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia

James R. Dowling
Foreword by
Nancy L. Mace

In “Keeping Busy,” James Dowling describes a variety of activities in general categories, such as music, exercise, horticulture, pets, humor and social events, that are designed to bring meaning and enjoyment to the lives of persons with dementia. The largest section of the book deals with communication and includes word games that help people make the most of their remaining verbal skills. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions, as well as tips on how to adapt it for small or large groups, and individuals at home, in an institution or bedridden.


The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Sylvia Nissenboim,
Christine Vroman

“The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease” outlines an individualized approach that helps professionals and family caregivers customize activities to the existing needs and abilities of a person at any stage in the disease. Featuring 92 step-by-step activities for immediate implementation, this book also provides valuable communication tips that promote positive interactions in each of four categories: creative arts, daily living skills, physical exercise and sensory experiences.


The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
Virginia Bell &
David Troxel

What does it take to be a friend to a person with Alzheimer’s disease? All the same ingredients that go into any good friendship: mutual respect, affection, understanding and support. Amidst the many challenges and faces of this disease, “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care” shows how easily you can make a difference in the life of a family member or client in your care. Learn new ways to solve problems, encourage positive behavior, improve communications and be a friend—a Best Friend—to someone with Alzheimer’s disease.


Your Mind
Activities for People with Early
Memory Loss

Kristin Einberger &
Janelle Sellick

Featuring trivia, reminiscence and sensory stimulation, the 70 activities in “Strengthen Your Mind” engage multiple parts of the brain to enhance brain functioning and sharpen memory skills. By yourself or with a group of people, you’ll test your memory and gain new knowledge with matching, fill-in-the-blank and brainstorming worksheets. And for questions that prove too much of a challenge, answer keys are provided. All activities have been field tested with individuals with early memory loss and include tips to promote engagement and group interaction.


Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s
A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

Joanne Koenig Coste
Foreword by
Robert N. Butler, M.D.

Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s disease, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both individuals with the disease and caregivers that emphasizes relating to individuals in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to cope with the diagnosis, face the issue of driving a car, and deal with wandering, paranoia and aggression.


The Forgetting
Portrait of an Epidemic

David Shenk

“The Forgetting” is a scrupulously researched, multilayered analysis of Alzheimer’s disease and its social, medical and spiritual implications. David Shenk presents us with much more than a detailed explanation of its causes and effects and the search for a cure. He movingly captures the disease’s impact on individuals with the disease and their families, and he looks back through history, explaining how Alzheimer’s disease most likely affected such figures as Jonathan Swift, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Willem de Kooning.


Losing My Mind
An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s

Thomas DeBaggio

“Losing My Mind” is Thomas DeBaggio’s extraordinary account of his early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a disease that “silently hollows the brain” and slowly “gobbles memory and destroys life.” But with his curse came an unexpected blessing: the ability to chart the mechanics and musings of his failing mind. Whether describing the happy days of his youth or lamenting over the burden his disease has placed upon his loved ones, the author manages to inspire the reader with his ability to function, to think and ultimately to survive.


Still Alice
Lisa Genova

In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. At once beautiful and terrifying, “Still Alice” is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as “A Beautiful Mind” and as unforgettable as “Ordinary People.”


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