Resources On Alzheimer's and Dementia

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Resources to help families and caregivers learn about Alzheimer's and dementia.


Virginia Bell, David Troxel
Description: A Dignified Life offers hope and help with a proven approach to care by showing caregivers how to act as a Best Friend to the person, finding positive ways to interact even as mental abilities declined. Firmly grounded in the latest knowledge about the progression and treatment of dementia, this expanded edition offers immediately usable tips and new problem-solving advice. It incorporates practical ideas for therapeutic activities including the latest brain-fitness exercises stimulate the brain while adding structure, meaning, and context to daily routines. While medical treatment of the disease hasn't changed in the past ten years, our understanding and awareness of treating people in a more caring way has changed substantially. With no cure on the immediate horizon, respectful care by effective and compassionate care partners is the only real "treatment" available to people with dementia. This approach is successful because it sustains people's connection to their world, their loved ones, and themselves. A Dignified Life shows the new generation care partners how to bring dignity, meaning, and peace of mind to the lives of both those who have Alzheimer's and dementia and those who care for them--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 616.831 Bel 2012
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Susan H. McFadden, John T. McFadden
Description: "Never in human history have there been so many people entering old age--roughly one-third of whom will experience some form of neurodegeneration as they age. This seismic demographic shift will force us all to rethink how we live and deal with our aging population. Susan H. McFadden and John T. McFadden propose a radical reconstruction of our societal understanding of old age. Rather than categorize elders based on their respective cognitive consciousness, the McFaddens contend that the only humanistic, supportive, and realistic approach is to find new ways to honor and recognize the dignity, worth, and personhood of those journeying into dementia. Doing so, they argue, counters the common view of dementia as a personal tragedy shared only by close family members and replaces it with the understanding that we are all living with dementia as the baby boomers age, early screening becomes more common, and a cure remains elusive. The McFaddens' inclusive vision calls for social institutions, especially faith communities, to search out and build supportive, ongoing friendships that offer hospitality to all persons, regardless of cognitive status. Drawing on medicine, social science, philosophy, and religion to provide a broad perspective on aging, Aging Together offers a vision of relationships filled with love, joy, and hope in the face of a condition that all too often elicits anxiety, hopelessness, and despair"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.19 McF
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Amy Newmark, Angela Timashenka Geiger
Description: Collects personal accounts from Alzheimer's patients and family members on their individual struggles, providing inspiring and uplifting tales of strength, treatment, and compassion.
Call Number: 362.19 Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Oliver James
Description: Provides an approach to promoting well-being in dementia care, and includes making sense of dementia, wraparound care, and planning for the future.
Call Number: 616.83 Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Beth Spencer, Laurie White
Description: This handbook is intended to help families understand possible causes of common behavior changes and learn to respond more effectively to behaviors. The book includes strategies for the following: challenges with dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, mouth care; agitation, anxiety, anger and aggression; sleep and sundowning; wanting to go home; wandering, walking or pacing; repetitive behaviors; hallucinations, delusions and paranoia; physical intimacy and sexual behavior. There are also sections about communication and problem-solving, a glossary and an extensive list of other resources.
Call Number: 362.19 Spe
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Jolene Brackey
Description: A journal for caregivers.
Call Number: 362.19 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Alan Wolfelt
Call Number: 155.937 Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Joseph Jebelli
Description: A neuroscientist takes readers on a journey around the world and through history, from nineteenth-century Germany to present day India, to examine the science and scientists working to find a cure to Alzheimer's disease.
Call Number: 616.8311 Jeb
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Joanne Koenig Coste
Description: A Groundbreaking Approach For Everyone Dealing With The Disease
Call Number: 362.19 Cos
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Lisa Snyder, Douglas Galasko
Description: A guide to dealing with a diagnosis of Alezheimer's: coping with the diagnosis, managing symptoms, plannig for the future, keeping hope and humor, participating in research, and more.
Call Number: 616.831 Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Ronald C. Petersen, Mayo Clinic
Call Number: 616.831 May
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Dick Edwards, Mike Ransom, Ruth Weispfenning
Description: The author is a retired Mayo Clinic eldercare specialist.
Call Number: 306.874 Edw
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Lisa Genova
Description: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Call Number: FIC Gen
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Claudia J. Strauss
Description: Provides information and ideas for caregivers about how to effectively communicate with persons with Alzheimer's disease.
Call Number: 362.19 Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
Description: When someone in your family suffers from Alzheimer disease or other related memory loss diseases, both you and your loved one face immense challenges. Mace and Robins provide practical and specific advice to make care easier, improve quality of life, and lift the spirits of a family dealing with Alzheimer disease.
Call Number: 616.831 Mac 2017
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Mark L. Warner
Call Number: 362.19 War 2000
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Niki Kapsambelis
Description: The courageous, hopeful story of the one family who may hold the key to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The DeMoe family is doing all they can. The family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer's, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could change the landscape of Alzheimer's research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments--and possibly a cure. Journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer's through the lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies. From the oil fields of North Dakota to the jungles of Colombia, this narrative redefines courage in the face of one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.831 Kap
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Mary Bahr Fritts, David Cunningham
Description: When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.
Call Number: E Bah
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Gayatri Devi
Description: "By defining Alzheimer's Disease as a spectrum disorder---like autism, it affects different people differently---Dr. Gayatri Devi offers new hope for its millions of sufferers. A neurologist who's been specializing in dementia and memory loss for more than 20 years, Dr. Devi shares the stories of her patients in the kind of narrative medical writing that grips the reader, humanizes the science, and offers equal parts practical wisdom and advice. She explains the importance of an early diagnosis; drugs and therapies that can help manage the disease; and how to cope, from maintaining independence to the best ways to fight depression and apathy. There are chapters on sexuality, genetics, communication, even staying on the job---because through her practice, Dr. Devi knows that the majority of Alzheimer's patients continue to live and work in their communities. They babysit the grandkids, drive to the store (or own the store), serve their clients, or otherwise live fulfilling lives."--Back cover.
Call Number: 616.8311 Dev
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Jonathan Kozol
Description: Jonathan Kozol tells the story of his father's life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer's disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into dementia. Dr. Harry Kozol was born in Boston in 1906. Trained at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he was an unusually intuitive clinician with a special gift for diagnosing interwoven elements of neurological and psychiatric illnesses in highly complicated and creative people--Eugene O'Neill, Patricia Hearst, and the Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo. But The Theft of Memory is not primarily about a doctor's public life. The heart of the book lies in the bond between a father and his son and the ways that bond intensified even as Harry's verbal skills and cogency progressively abandoned him. "Somehow," the author says, "all those hours that we spent trying to fathom something that he wanted to express, or summon up a vivid piece of seemingly lost memory that still brought a smile to his eyes, left me with a deeper sense of intimate connection with my father than I'd ever felt before." The Theft of Memory is at once a tender tribute to a father from his son and a richly colored portrait of a devoted doctor who lived more than a century--Excerpted from statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.831 Koz
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Arthur A. Levine, Katie Kath
Description: Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon. But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is? Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noah who finds the way back to something he can share with Grandpa. Something musical. Something that makes the morning beautiful again. This is a story about how love helps us find even what we think is lost.
Call Number: E Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Gary Radin, Lisa Radin
Description: Although the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer's disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of "other" dementias. This book is a comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer's dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have hands-on experience with FTD sufferers. Beginning with a focus on the medical facts, the first part defines and explores FTD as an illness distinct from Alzheimer's disease. Also considered are clinical and medical care issues and practices, as well as such topics as finding a medical team and rehabilitation interventions. The next section on managing care examines the daily care routine including exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. In the following section on caregiver resources, the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options. The final section focuses on the caregiver, in particular the need for respite and the challenge of managing emotions. This new revised edition provides the most current medical information available, a better understanding of the different classifications of FTD, and more clarity regarding the role of genetics.--Excerpted from publisher statement.
Call Number: 616.83 Wha 2014
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 1, 2018
Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel
Description: Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling - but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again.One day he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. With special insight derived from her own father's struggle with Alzheimer's, Maria Shriver offers a touching and optimistic story that encourages awareness, acceptance, and dialogue among family and friends.
Call Number: J FIC Shr
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
Joy A. Glenner
Description: "Integrating the practicalities of caregiving with the human emotions that accompany it, this guide is designed to support the caregivers and help them develop and sustain a loving family relationship between themselves and the person with dementia."--Jacket.
Call Number: 362.19 Whe
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2015
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A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach To Alzheimer's Care
Virginia Bell, David Troxel
616.831 Bel 2012
Still Alice
Lisa Genova
FIC Gen
Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, And Flourishing Communities
Susan H. McFadden, John T. McFadden
362.19 McF
Talking To Alzheimer's
Claudia J. Strauss
362.19 Str
Chicken Soup For The Soul : Living With Alzheimer's & Other Dementias : 101 Stories Of Caregiving, Coping, And Compassion
Amy Newmark, Angela Timashenka Geiger
362.19 Chi
The 36-hour Day : A Family Guide To Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, And Memory Loss
Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
616.831 Mac 2017
Contented Dementia
Oliver James
616.83 Jam
The Complete Guide To Alzheimer's-Proofing Your Home
Mark L. Warner
362.19 War 2000
Coping With Behavior Change In Dementia : A Family Caregiver's Guide
Beth Spencer, Laurie White
362.19 Spe
The Inheritance : A Family On The Front Lines Of The Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease
Niki Kapsambelis
616.831 Kap
Creating Moments Of Joy For The Person With Alzheimer's Or Dementia
Jolene Brackey
362.19 Bra
The Memory Box
Mary Bahr Fritts, David Cunningham
E Bah
Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas
Alan Wolfelt
155.937 Wol
The Spectrum Of Hope : An Optimistic And New Approach To Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias
Gayatri Devi
616.8311 Dev
In Pursuit Of Memory : The Fight Against Alzheimer's
Joseph Jebelli
616.8311 Jeb
The Theft Of Memory : Losing My Father, One Day At A Time
Jonathan Kozol
616.831 Koz
Learning To Speak Alzheimer's
Joanne Koenig Coste
362.19 Cos
What A Beautiful Morning
Arthur A. Levine, Katie Kath
E Lev
Living Your Best With Early-Stage Alzheimer's: An Essential Guide
Lisa Snyder, Douglas Galasko
616.831 Sny
What If It's Not Alzheimer's? : A Caregiver's Guide To Dementia
Gary Radin, Lisa Radin
616.83 Wha 2014
Mayo Clinic On Alzheimer's Disease
Ronald C. Petersen, Mayo Clinic
616.831 May
What's Happening To Grandpa?
Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel
J FIC Shr
Mom, Dad-- Can We Talk?
Dick Edwards, Mike Ransom, Ruth Weispfenning
306.874 Edw
When Your Loved One Has Dementia: A Simple Guide For Caregivers
Joy A. Glenner
362.19 Whe