What are some good books to read to educate myself on Alzheimer’s disease?

There are numerous books and materials that are helpful in gaining more knowledge about the disease and also those that offer practical strategies and tips for caregiving. Following are some of the top books that are excellent resources in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia:

“The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease” by Nancy L Mace and Dr. Peter V Rabins (considered a “bible” for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease)

“The Mayo Clinic Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: The Essential Resource for Treatment, Coping and Caregiving” by Ronald Peterson

“The Alzheimer’s Action Plan: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Diagnosis and Treatment for Memory Problems” by P. Murali Doraiswamy and Lisa Gwyther

“Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers” by Daniel Kuhn, SW and Donald A. Bennett, MD

“The Forgetting. Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic” by David Shank

“Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery” by the National Institutes of Health

“Creating Moments of Joy for the Person With Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers” by Jolene Brackey

“Understanding Difficult Behaviors: Some Practical Suggestions for Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Illnesses” by A. Robinson, B. Spencer and L. White

“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova, PhD (now a motion picture)

“The Validation Breakthrough: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia” by Naomi Feil, who will be the keynote speaker on Feb. 11 at the Alzheimer’s Services 22nd Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

These popular resources can be found at your local bookstore, library, online or in the library of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.

Questions about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder? Contact Dana Territo, the Memory Whisperer, Director of Services at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, (225) 334-7494, advice@alzbr.org, or visit the organization at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.