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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Top 5 Books on Alzheimer's Disease

Today we will share with you the top 10 books on Alzheimer's disease. These books will help you to take a fresh perspective on Alzheimer's disease and improve your understanding of the disease. These books are for mainly for caregivers who want to learn more about the disease so that they can take better care of their loved ones.

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1.The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss

This book is written by Nancy L. Mace and  Peter V. Rabins and it is without a doubt one of the best books on Alzheimer's disease for someone who has a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's. The first edition of this book was published around 30 years ago and since then it has come a long way. The latest edition contains:
  • Latest findings on the causes of Alzheimer's disease
  • Detailed explanation of what dementia is and how it progresses in Alzheimer's disease
  • Inofrmation on how to care for your loved one who has Alzheimer's disease
  • Inofrmation on how to deal with Alzheimer's symptoms
  • Latest treatment of Alzheimer's disease
  • Details of support groups, help agencies
  • Inofrmation on how to deal with financial and legal issues

Here are some editorial and customer reviews of the book:


An excellent book for families who are caring for persons with dementia... A book that physicians can confidently recommend to the families of their patients.
- Journal of the American Medical Association
Both a guide and a legend.
- Chicago Tribune
Excellent guidance and clear information of a kind that the family needs... The authors offer realistic advice that sometimes it is better to concede the patient's frailties than try to do something about them, and that a compassionate sense of humor often helps.
- New York Times
I wish I had bought this book as soon as my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My father has received very little information from my mother's doctors on what to expect as her disease progresses and more importantly, how to deal with these issues. When I received the book, I looked up her latest problem in the index, dizziness, and turned right to an informative section that helped clarify what's going on with my mom. The bathing sections are helpful for understanding and thus coping with those issues. I appreciate the depth of topics and detail for symptoms that Alzheimer's patients can have; I am also grateful for the huge emphasis on respite care for the caregiver. This gives my siblings and me another avenue of discussion in getting help for my dad, who like many spouses has his own health issues.

My only problem with the current hardback edition is the text size - it's a small font and closely spaced. I would hope that future revisions would enlarge the print a bit, especially since this book is generally going to be read by adults who appreciate a little larger print.

Overall I highly recommend it - I've been flipping between this book and the Mayo Clinic book on Alzheimer's, and while they both have excellent information, I feel that this book is the better one for detailed information on the myriad little things that crop up with care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
- N. Farrior (Customer)

2. Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease

This book is written by Joanne Koenig Coste (Forword by  Robert N. Butler, M.D). She has successfully managed to give hundreds of practical tips on managing Alzheimer's disease both for the caregiver and the patient. She is an expert Alzheimer's family therapist, President of Alzheimer's Consulting Associates and board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. She was named a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century” by NBC Nightly News. Her book includes:
  • Tips on how to improve communication between the patient and caregiver
  • Helpful information on how to adjust the surrounding to patient's comfort
  • Tips on how to manage the Alzheimer's symptoms
  • Tips on essential lifestyle tools like driving.

Here are some editorial and customer reviews of the book: 


A fine addition to Alzheimer's and caregiving collections.
- Library Journal Starred Review (This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition)
If you are experiencing this disease with a loved one, then you know the loneliness and frustration of trying to be all the person you care for needs. My sister bought this book, read it overnight, highlighted and post-it tabbed the most important parts, mailed it to me priority mail, and i have used it at night as a touchstone for salvation. It is indeed a bible for HOW to treat your loved one. I use it to get what I need to know in terms of sensitivity to what my cared for relative needs. I would be lost without it...it will help keep you on a path of the right relationship with your loved one that you will want to live up to. I promise you, read it, highlight it, and you will not ever look back and regret anything you did, if you follow its advice. A true gift.
- Texellence (Customer)
As many other reviewers have noted this book seems to be the most aware of the realities of the lives of caregivers. I am an only child. My mother passed away in 1998 and my father has been slowly spiraling down Alzheimer's since then to the point where he requires 24-hr-care.Many other books assume a family perspective and are not sensitive to those who find themselves to be the sole caregiver.
I have also been helping my father through this since my early 20s and many other books are also not sensitive to the fact that those who are not of the boomer or "sandwich generation" may still find themselves in the role of caregiver. This book offered actual strategies I was able to use to improve communication with my father. It also is the only book of the many Alzheimer's books I have read that made me feel better, not worse, after reading it. My copy is so creased and dog-eared after about 4 years of use that I may need a new one soon!
I wish love and strength and energy to all those who find themselves seeking this book. If you are seeking for someone else, please get them this book.
- D. L. Macduff (Customer)

3. Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers

Although this book contains a lot of information on the basics of Alzheimer's disease, it is especially written for those who are having trouble managing their loved one and themselves. As an Alzheimer's caregiver, it is not uncommon to become lost and burn out. If you struggling to find the right balance between caring for you loved one and managing your own life then this book is for you. The author of the book is Paula Spencer Scott - a former contributing editor of Caring.com and a Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, a program of the Gerontological Society of America. Five close members of the author suffered from dementia and she has written this book from practical experience. You will find many useful tips on:
  • Improving the quality of living and reducing stress for both yourself and your loved one
  • How to deal with Alzheimer's behavioral changes like aggression, confusion
  • How to minimize stress
  • How to find the right balance without sacrificing yourself

Here are some editorial and customer reviews of the book:


Regular doses of Paula Spencer Scott's supportive and instructive wisdom should be prescribed to every family member dealing with Alzheimer's. Her why-this, try-this approach is a winner.
- Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Associate Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Director of the Duke Family Support Program
Insightful and practical guidance for the millions of caregivers struggling to help their loved ones suffering from dementia.
- Gary Small, MD, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center
If you are a caregiver to a loved one who is afflicted with Alzheimer's, dementia, or any form of cognitive impairment I highly recommend this book. Being a caregiver I can attest to the importance of the statement, "Knowledge is power in the fight against memory loss and Alzheimer's Disease." That being said I admit to reading many books available and being very disappointed. I found them to be too clinical, usually neglecting chapters, a boring read. I could not put down Paula Spencer Scott's Surviving Alzheimer's and had no desire to skip any chapters. Her book provides you with excellent advice, helpful hints, options in dealing with concerns. The format is an interesting one, so easy to follow and understand. This book is worthy of recommending and sharing, yet a keeper for the caregiver, one that is needed, to be turned to while on the journey. It will become a different kind of the perfect first aid manual that you've had forever. It's evident that Paula Spencer Scott cares about everyone. Treat yourself to this book, make it a part of taking care of you!
- Elf (Customer)


4. Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth Edition

This book is quite unique in the sense that it does not focus on how to deal with your loved one but rather it focuses on how to create wonderful moments with your loved one.

Your loved one may not remember the wonderful moments you have created together but the feeling of those moments will definitely linger.

This book was written by Jolene Brackey. Joelene has long experience of working with people with Alzheimer's disease and she has found creative ways of creating moments of joy for someone suffering from the disease, their family members and professional caregivers.

She has created Enhanced Moments to help people go through the Alzheimer's journey.

Here are some editorial and customer reviews of the book:


This is one of those rare books that we can actually use, and use with grace and joy - just as promised!
- Wayne Ewing, PhD
Joelen Brackey knows how to accentuate the positive! Her "can-do" approaches maintain individual dignity and enhance life quality - they are valuable for both professionals and family caregivers
- Diana Eastman, John Douglas French Center, Los Alamitos, Calif.
My only regret is that I did not know the helpful insights and ideas from this book while my mother was living. My mother from Ames, Iowa, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 66 and died at age 76 in 1999. We could have loved her better if we had understood her. I have shared the book with others whom I know are struggling with the gamut of questions and frustrations of caring for loved ones. Creating Moments of Joy gives practical answers to situations all of us have encountered or surely will. I have personal stories from the years we watched my mother slowly lose herself to the disease. Some stories are funny and some are tragic. All are precious. If I should ever develop dementia, I pray my family and my caregivers will read Jolene's marvelous book. If I should have occasion to assist another on this journey, I now will be beter able to support the person with the digmity and compassion he or she so deserves.
Thank you, Jolene,
- Marcia Snook (Customer)
Creating Moments...was recommended to me by Amy, a Nurse Practitioner of my Fathers. She would ask whenever she'd see me "Did you order the book yet?" & between being a master of procrastination & being the sole care taker of my Dad, even my best intentions never seems to come full circle. One night my phone rang & it was Amy asking again if I ordered the book, it just happened to be on her mind!!!! Well I immediately went on line and thought "this better be a great book" for all the bothering from her. Giving it 5 stars barely does it justice but thats the highest the scale goes. I love it because one minute you are learning something serious & the next you are laughing so hard at the stories Jolene has sprinkled through out the book. Order it (when you get a chance!) Care takers and family members alike will enjoy and be informed. Take Amy's word for it!! :-)
- Cara (Customer)

5. The Alzheimer's Prevention & Treatment Diet

This book is written by Richard S. Isaacson, MD and Christopher N. Ochner, PhD. Dr Isaacson is the founding director of Alzheimer s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. Dr Ochner is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The authors have written this book based on recent studies suggesting that food can have a significant impact on Alzheimer's disease in terms of slowing down its progression and as well as preventing it.

This book will help you understand:
  •  Latest research findings on Alzheimer's disease
  • How food affects you cognitive abilities such thinking, decision making and the ability to retain and recall memories
  • How to improve your cognitive abilities by diet and exercise
  • Diet plans for people with Alzheimer's to slow down the progression of the symptoms of the disease

Here are some editorial and customer reviews of the book:


Even skeptics who question whether diet can truly prevent dementia will find it tough to object to this guide . . . [the authors] make a compelling case for staying slim, noting that overweight people are considered to be at greater risk of developing hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer . . . may reduce the risk of getting this irreversible, memory-destroying brain disorder
- Karen Springen Booklist
A comprehensive yet easy-to-follow nutritional guide for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease . . . [the authors] provide realistic and straightforward guidance . . . [they] take the guesswork out of creating a healthy and appealing diet by providing lists of recommended food and supplements, serving sizes, and weekly menu ideas. This book is recommended for anyone who cares about long-term mental health.
- Publishers Weekly
Incredible work featuring the latest science. This book is unique because Dr. Isaacson has and is running his own clinical trials, has been published in major peer-reviewed journals on the topic, and has years of experience working in major academic medical institutions. Can't recommend it enough!
- Max (Customer)
Truly a must-read for anyone concerned about Alzheimer's prevention, or someone looking for more answers for a loved one diagnosed with the disease. Written in an easy to understand format, this book offers such a comprehensive and sound approach to diet and general health and provides essential information. Our grandmother was diagnosed 4 years ago and this is the most up-to-date and helpful book I've read. For me, I know I'm doing everything I can to protect my brain (as best as we can) and have a plan going forward. There is so much new research supporting the positive effect of diet on your mind and well-being, and this book really pinpoints this important but often overlooked connection. I highly recommend this book and am appreciative to have read it.
- Harold (Customer)


That's all for today. If you have read any of these books or if you would like to suggest any other Alzheimer's books please leave us your thoughts and comments below. Thanks for staying with us.

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