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The following list of books provide a small selection of non-fictional books on the various aspects of dementia and Alzheimer's.

 

Each book comes with a review or an introduction of what the book can offer and a link that takes you to a website if you are interested in finding out more or wish to purchase the book.

 

Non-Fiction

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness

 

by Gary Joseph LeBlanc

When my father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I read everything I could get my hands on about the disease. Right off the bat I could tell if it was written by a physician, pharmaceutical company or someone else in the medical field trying to impress themself.

 

When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it's laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book.



My goal was to make this book as "caregiver friendly" as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer's and the world of memory-impairment.



To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.

 

To find out more about the author of this book please go to Common Sense Caregiving

 

Blue Sky, White Clouds

Blue Sky White CloudsIn spending time with his 86-year-old mother in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, author Eliezer Sobel discovered something astounding. Although she could no longer speak full sentences or follow a story line, his mother could still read! He observed her sitting in rapt attention as she paged through magazines and coffee-table books, reading individual words and short phrases aloud.

 

He wrote Blue Sky, White Clouds for her: a simple, adult picture book with beautiful, realistic photographs and large, easy-to-read captions. Perfect for any loved one living with Alzheimer's or dementia.



To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.

 

Alzheimer's from the Inside Out

Alzheimer's Inside Out

Richard Taylor author of 'Alzheimer's from the Inside Out' was given a diagnosis of dementia, probably of the Alzheimer's type, at the age of 58.

 

Richard started writing essays to better understand for himself what was going on inside of him. He discovered that thinking, speaking, and writing about what it was like for him to live with this condition had quite unexpectedly brought him a new sense of purpose to his life.

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to the webiste of Richard Taylor PHD.

 

How Many Camels are There in Holland? Dementia, ma and me

 Dementia, ma and me

The charming, funny successor to the hugely popular 'Notes to my Mother-in-Law', from the inimitable Phyllida Law. When her Uncle Arthur dies, actress Phyllida Law returns to the tiny Scottish village of Ardentinny to look after her ma, Mego. Mego's always been deliciously dotty. She once put a new packet of tights in the fridge (and the bacon in her sock drawer). But Mego's older now and becoming ever more muddled. So Phyllida devotes herself to looking after Mego.....

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon

Green Vanilla Tea

Green Vanilla Tea
Green Vanilla Tea is a story of compassion and courage in the face of a deadly and little understood illness. Above all, it is a love story. Marie Williams watches helplessly as an un-diagnosable condition debilitates her husband, Dominic, in both body and mind. As the condition develops, the normally devoted family man and loving partner seems to disappear ...

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Finch Publishers

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the Nursing Home


A funny thing happened..This engaging book is based on personal experience. It gives those who suddenly find themselves in the role of carer basic guidance on the altogether different reality of this devastating mental deterioration. Of course, it is also valuable to other family members who may not be carers in the strict sense of the word, but are still affected emotionally.

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Boomerang

 

 

Dancing with Dementia

Dancing with Dementia
Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Since then she has gone on to challenge almost every stereotype of people with dementia by campaigning for self-advocacy, writing articles and speaking at national conferences. This book is a vivid account of the author's experiences of living with dementia ...

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Understand Alzheimer's Educate Australia

 

Who Will I be When I Die?

 


Who will I be?In this book Christine Bryden recounts the emotional and spiritual rollercoaster she found herself on immediately afterwards her diagnosis. It provides unique first-hand insights into how it feels to gradually lose the ability to undertake tasks most of us take for granted, and is all the more remarkable because of Christine's unwavering positivity ...

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon books.

 

Hiding the Stranger in the MirrorThe Stranger in the Mirror


Writing with wit and compassion, Dr. Camp aims to help his audience better understand how the disease affects memory, and how memory loss may affect behaviour. Going against conventional 'wisdom', the author stresses that the key to successfully caring for persons with dementia is to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses­­­­ - to see the person and not a disease. His entertaining and insightful book examines cases based on real individuals to illustrate common challenging behaviours and how to approach these challenges. Readers are given tools and resources to understand why persons with dementia do what they do ...

 

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon books