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Alzheimer's & Dementia

A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care

by Virginia Bell

Rated *****

It has provided tremendous support in helping me better understand Alzheimer's and especially how to relate to family and friends who have it.

Alzheimer's Disease: Activity Focused Care

by Carly R. Hellen

Rated *****

Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery

Rated *****

Free online from the National Institute on Aging. Excellent resource with video and medical images and illustrations.

Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide and Sourcebook

by Howard Gruetzner

Rated *****

As the Director of Social Work at a Retirement and Skilled Nursing Facility, this is one of the books that I loan out to families. I have had nothing but positive feedback from the families who have borrowed the book, and they have invariably told me that they found it easy to read, highly informative, and very helpful for them overall.

Amibguous Loss: Learning to Live With Unresolved Grief

by Pauline Boss; Excellent book about how real or perceived losses affect quality of life for those left behind.

Rated *****

Care That Works: A Relationship Approach to Persons with Dementia

by Jitka M. Zgola

Rated *****

Coach Broyles' Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers: A Practical Tips Guide

by Frank Broyles
Rated *****
What a wonderful little book addressing the problem of Alzheimer's Disease this is. It should be noted right from the start that this is not a medical book which delves into the causes, addresses treatment regimens, etc., it is a small handbook for the care giver; for the family of those affected by this horrendous condition. I like to look at it as a sort of step by step survival book for those families in need.

Dancing with Rose

Alternate title: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's

by Lauren Kessler

Rated ****

Elder Rage or Take My Father... Please!

by Jacqueline Marcell; Rated *****

Aiding Dominating, Difficult Seniors Suffering from Dementia

Gentlecare: Changing the Experience of Alzheimer's in a Positive Way

by Moyra Jones

Help for the Caring: a Bibliography and Filmography for Family Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients

by Brenda Parris

Rated *****

An impressively organized bibliography and filmography gathering and presenting information about literary biographies, poetry, fiction, and instructional and dramatic movies focused on the subject of Alzheimer's disease and taking care of those stricken with it. An exemplary resource...

Interventions for Alzheimer's Disease: A Caregiver's Complete Reference

by Ruth M. Tappen

Journey with Grandpa: Our Family's Struggle with Alzheimer's Disease

by Rosalie Walsh Honel

Rated *****

Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia

by James R. Dowling

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

by Joan Koenig Coste

Rated *****

Living With Grief: Alzheimer's Disease

by Kenneth J. Doka. Hospice Foundation of America:

Offers insight and advice to all who are involved in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's

by Thomas DeBaggio

Talking to Alzheimer's

by Claudia J. Strauss

Rated *****

The 10 Best Questions for Living with Alzheimer's: The Script You Need to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One

by Dede Bonner

The 36-Hour Day -- A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life

I'd like to share a book title with you that has helped our family tremendously to deal with my mom's dementia. My mom is very advanced in the disease but I thought that the tips in this book are invaluable. What has helped me the most are the communication skills needed to have effective conversations with the dementia patient. Other topics covered include: Getting Medical Help for the Person with Dementia, Characteristic Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia, Problems in Independent Living, Problems Arising in Daily Care, Medical Problems, Symptons That Appear as Changes in Mood, Getting Outside Help, You and the Person with Dementia as Parts of a Family, How Caring for a Person with Dementia Affects You...and so much more.

My dad and all of my sisters have read the book in order to see my mom's disease not as rebellion towards us, but as truly a disease that is real every day. When you get the book, read only the sections that relate to you and your family members. If you digest the whole thing, you could get depressed. We concentrated on communication, hygiene, behavior management, mood changes, rebellion, memory recall and loss of sense of time, to name a few.

The Alzheimer's Project: Momentum in Science

Companion book to the HBO special.

The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's Proofing Your Home

by Mark L. Warner

Rated *****

The Long Goodbye

by Patti Davis

There is a Bridge

Documentary DVD about Alzheimer's

Rated *****

What's Happening to Grandpa?

By Maria Shriver


Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

by Susan Love, M.D.

I was given a copy of Dr. Love's book after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it became invaluable to me. The information she provided allowed me to ask important questions and make good decisions about the choices available to me.

What to Eat If You Have Cancer: Healing Foods That Boost Your Immune System

by Maureen Keane, M.S. & Daniella Chace, M.S.

Using the best and recent studies showing cancer-fighting and general-health benefits of specific categories and subcategories of food (like soy and cruciferous vegetables), the authors provide a solid basis on which a cancer patient can make good nutritional choices while going through a period that can feature nausea, lack of appetitite, and general inactivity.

What You Really Need To Know About Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide For Patients and Their Families

by Dr. Robert Buckman

What makes this book especially valuable is its clear, direct writing style which uses layman's terms but is still informative, without being condescending or too general.

Caregiver Self-care

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive

by Claire Berman

The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers

by Maria M. Meyer and Paula Derr

Trauma Stewardship

by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky


A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard

AUTHOR: Suzanne Mintz, President and Co-Founder National Family Caregivers Association
Full of advice for family caregivers, this one of a kind book written by a family caregiver provides lessons from family caregivers across the country, tips for interacting with the healthcare system to better meet the needs of families dealing with chronic illness, and a cogent presentation of how public policy has a profound effect on even the most intimate details of life in caregiving families.

Caregiver Booklist

Booklist for the Area Agency on Aging

Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal

by Beth Witrogen McLeod

Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal

by Beth McLeod; Rated*****

This extraordinary book presents the most challenging aspects of giving care - adults caring for their infirm or dying parents, spouses, and others - with incredible compassion and grace. I have never read a book which made me feel as comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Hard Questions -- Simple Answers: A Workbook to Take the Crisis Out of Caregiving

by Elana Peters

Making the Moments Count: Leisure Activities for Caregiving Relationships

by Joanne Ardolf Decker; Rated *****

This book is full of ideas for any person or group dealing with elderly or shut in people. It is encouraging and extremely helpful for care givers and their support people.


The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

by Leo Buscaglia

Excellent children's book about the life cycle: "It's been about the sun and the moon. It's been about happy times together. It's been about the shade and the old people and the children. It's been about colors in Fall. It's been about seasons. Isn't that enough?" -- The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia, Ph. D.

What's Happening to Grandpa?

By Maria Shriver

Chronic Illness

Beyond Rage: The Emotional Impact of Chronic Physical Illness

by JoAnn LeMaistre


The Johns Hopkins Guide To Diabetes: For Today and Tomorrow

by Saudek, Rubin, and Shump, MDs

What to Eat If You Have Diabetes: Healing Foods That Help Control Your Blood Sugar

by Maureen Keane, M.S. & Daniella Chace, M.S.

This book a great resource for anyone with diabetes, their family members and friends. This book covers everything from the physiology of our bodies to dietary plans.


Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive

by Claire Berman

Coming of Age With Your Aging Parent: The Bungles, Battles, and Blessings

by Gail Goeller; Rated *****

In the midst of eldercare with our parents, I've read and re-read Gail's book. Through many and diverse experiences, she shares with unusual candor, humor and insight the pain and the joys of caring for parents.

Counting on Kindness

by Wendy Lustbader; Rated *****

If you are caring for an elderly parent, or have siblings who are, this book will really help you see what it is like from the parent's perspective. Your heart will open up to your parent when you realize how much harder it is to be dependent on your children as caregivers than to be the busy adult trying to sandwich in a few minutes for the parent. It shifted my whole perspective on what was happening with my mother and allowed me to be open to her and hear her in a way I never have before. I recommend this book both for the parent and the children who are in this situation.

Elder Care: A Six Step Guide to Balancing Work and Family

by John Marosy; Rated *****

If you are caring for an elderly loved one and employed too, then this book is A MUST. It provides practical information to help you sort through the overwhelming tasks of working and caregiving.

Elder Rage or Take My Father... Please!

by Jacqueline Marcell; Rated *****

Aiding Dominating, Difficult Seniors Suffering from Dementia

Eldercare 911: The Caregiver's Complete Handbook for Making Decisions

by Susan Beerman and Judith Rappaport-Musson

Healing the Generations

by Barry Grosskoph, MD; Rated *****

Increasingly, those of middle-age (and beyond) are becoming caregivers for aging but long-lived parents. All the more reason to learn the lessons of generational forgiveness and healing so wisely taught in this book.

Nursing Homes: The Family's Journey

by Peter S. Silin

Taking Care of Aging Family Members

by Nancy Hooyman & Wendy Lustbader; Rated *****

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have elders in our lives will benefit from the practical, sensitive, and expert guidance this book gives. It contains dozens of suggestions for dealing with tough topics like "taking away the keys"(to the car), or how to approach the topic of your loved one needing professional care. The book also includes lists of organizations that can help you journey through the many issues that come with aging.


Journey with Grandpa: Our Family's Struggle with Alzheimer's Disease

by Rosalie Walsh Honel

Rated *****

What's Happening to Grandpa?

By Maria Shriver


Amibguous Loss: Learning to Live With Unresolved Grief

by Pauline Boss; Excellent book about how real or perceived losses affect quality of life for those left behind.

Rated *****

For Those Who Hurt

by Charles R. Swindoll; Rated*****

This book is (especially considering its brevity) one of the finest treatments of suffering available. It is sensitive, Biblical,and perfectly suited to pass on to anyone that is going through a difficult time.

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief

by Martha White Hickman; Rated*****

The writings of 365 different people and days describes so effectively the feelings and reality of what grief is. I highly recommend it to any grieving person who needs to understand the emotional and painful process they are going through. You aren't alone.

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.; Rated*****

Through these practical suggestions we are helped to move beyond silent grief to mourning - an essential element if we are to transcend our grief and become whole again.


Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families

by William J. Weiner, MD, et al


Caregiver Video List

List of videos from the Area Agency on Aging

There is a Bridge

Documentary DVD about Alzheimer's

Rated *****

Young @ Heart

Documentary DVD about singing Seniors

Rated *****

Circles of Caring Adult Day Health

New local nonprofit formed to continue operations of Moscow's adult day health center.


Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays, 3:00 to 4:30 PM at Whitman Senior Living off Center Street in Pullman.


Rural Resources  Community Action, Aging and Disability Resources Connection


Alzheimer's Project - HBO




  • Caring Bridge helps you stay connected with your family during health events.
  • Cancer Reading Roomis available on WSU Pullman campus. Hoping to increase awareness of cancer causes and prevention, two faculty members from the College of Sciences have established a campus Cancer Reading Room in Eastlick Hall - room 361. The reading room is open to WSU students, staff and faculty.


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