Books for Adults

Check with your local library first before buying.

  • 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, (7th edition) by Nancy L. Mace, MA, and Peter Rabins, MD, MPH. (NOTE: This book is a classic! I read it many years ago when Mom was first diagnosed. It has been edited and updated several times since then.)
  • Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out, by Richard Taylor, Ph.D. (NOTE: This is a collection of essays by a psychologist diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006. Dr. Taylor passed away on July 25, 2015, from cancer. He was a founding member of the Dementia Alliance International, an advocacy and support group of, by, and for, people with dementia. This is a very moving book, a must read!)
  • The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life, Gary Small, MD, and Gigi Vorgan. (I heard Dr. Small at a conference in 2012. I bought the book and found the information and brain exercises helpful.)
  • Being My Mom’s Mom, by Loretta Woodward Veney. (I heard Loretta give a dynamic presentation sharing tips she found helpful in caring for her mother during the past eleven years.) 
  • Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers, (4th edition) by Jolene Brackey.
  • Coping with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Emotional Survival Guide, by Rose Oliver and Frances Bock.
  • When Caring Takes Courage: A Compassionate, Interactive Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, by Mara Botonis. Families will benefit from the hundreds of practical suggestions and ideas that Mara offers to assist caregivers with all aspects of daily caregiving.  
  • Confidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home, by Molly Carpenter.
  • Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoirby Martha Stettinius.
  • Creating Joy and Meaning for the Dementia Patient: A Caregiver’s Guide to Connection and Hope, by Ronda Parsons.
  • Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver, How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed…and without Doing It All Yourself, by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer with Pierre A. Lehu.
  • Seasons of Caring, Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, by Clergy against Alzheimer’s Network and Jade C. Angelica.
  • Alzheimer’s Legacy Guide: A Financial Guide for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers, by Dennis M. Postema.

Books for Children

  • What’s Happening to Grandpa?, by Maria Shriver.
  • Still My Grandma, by Vronique Van den Abeele and Claude K. Dubois.
  • When Your Grandma Forgets, Helping Children Cope with Alzheimer’s and Beyond, by Maryann Makehau and Bob Deits.
  • Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?, by Max Wallack and Carolyn Giver. A good book for 4 to 7 year olds.
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. A story of the delicate balance between life and death for all ages.
  • Remember Me? Alzheimer’s through the Eyes of a Child (Te Acuerdas de Mi?), by Sue Grass.
  • Grandma’s Cobwebs, by Ann Frantti.

Books for Pre-Teens and Teens

  • Horse Whispers in the Air, by Dandi Daley MacKall.
  • The Graduation of Jake Moon, by Barbara Park.
  • It Only Looks Easy, by Pamela Curtis Swallow.