Best Books for Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's disease (named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first discovered it in 1906) is a progressive neurologic disease of the brain leading to the irreversible loss of neurons and the loss of intellectual abilities, including memory and reasoning, which become severe enough to impede social or occupational functioning. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's gets worse over time, and it is fatal; today it's the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Below are some suggestions for learning about and coping with Alzheimer's, including Alzheimer's-related depression.


A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care, A Guide for Family Caregivers

by David Troxel, Virginia Bell

Both of these authors are a delight; their passion and skills for helping families are reached by a positive approach for elder care. It is filled with basic information as one goes through the journey of dementia and Alzheimer's. Topics include how to get the appropriate diagnosis, research, and treatments. Get the "knack" of being a caregiver! Both Virginia and David Troxel are very active and well-known in the elder care industry, and speak on topics related to Alzheimer's all around the world.


Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants: A Story About Alzheimer's Disease for Young Children

by Barbara Schnurbush, illustrated by Cary Pillo

Beautiful book for children on understanding Alzheimer's.


Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book

by Anatole Crane, Lynda A. Markut

Although an older book, a great resource to share the experiences of caring for a loved one.


"Where's My Shoes?": My Father's Walk Through Alzheimer's

by Brenda Avadian

An older book with such sincere sentiment — a must-read book by a daughter with a father diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Even with the reality of the sadness and pain of Alzheimer's it is important to laugh at the little things. The author makes light of some of the experiences of caring for her father... my favorite story, told to me over lunch by the author, was of them driving in a convertible and dad thinking that "someone stole the windows."


The Alzheimer's Action Plan

by Tina Adler, Lisa P. Gwyther M.S.W., P. Murali Doraiswamy M.D.

The newest book on Alzheimer's research, diagnosis, treatments and prevention tips.