Learning About Dementia: Our Recommended Reading

September 28, 2016


An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be frightening and initially overwhelming for both the affected patient and the caregiver. Doctors and practitioners can offer a wealth of knowledge as well as guidance. But what happens when they’re not available and you just need some answers or information that you can trust? These are the moments when it is important to have literature on hand to refer to and to, hopefully, find solace in. However, weeding through all of the available reading centered around dementia and Alzheimer’s can be quite a daunting task considering the large number of books and articles that have been published on this topic.

These are our top recommendations for anyone looking to learn more about Alzheimer’s:

      1. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

This book, widely referred to as the bible of dementia care, was originally published in 1981 and has had several updates over the past thirty-five years. Updated editions include basic facts about dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, how to cope with mood swings and anger as well as financial and legal issues that might arise.

      2. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste

Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s centers around a method that Coste calls habilitation intended to enhance the communication between caregivers and patients. This method, in turn, teaches a caregiver how to provide the best possible care for a patient while still preserving his or her dignity. The book also provides practical solutions to everyday situations and behaviors that may arise during the typical day of someone living with Alzheimer’s.

      3. Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s: An Essential Guide by Lisa Snyder

Snyder’s book is a must read for people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as their loved ones. When people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in its early stages it is possible that they will live with only mild symptoms for many years. This book provides information on how to cope, manage symptoms, plan for the future and maintain important relationships.

      4. The Dementia Concept by Joshua J. Freitas

Freitas is the Corporate Manager of Memory Care and Resident Engagement for LCB Senior Living. His book covers all facets of Alzheimer’s for the caregiver, from recognizing signs and symptoms to understanding ways in which to connect to people with dementia.