Top Alzheimer’s Books

If you’re searching for books on Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll find an extensive list of choices. How can you narrow it down? Here is Alzheimers.net’s list of best Alzheimer’s books.

Top Alzheimer's Books for Caregivers

You’ll find Alzheimer’s books written from many different perspectives, including caregivers, family members and physicians. Reading as much as you can about the disease obviously helps you learn more about its stages. But it also provides support. The right book can lift you in times of great struggle and help you cope.

What books have people found most useful? Our Facebook fans submitted their favorites, and we added to the list.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life (Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins): Considered the definitive guide on caring for people with dementia, The 36-Hour Day was originally published in 1981. Since then, it’s undergone several revisions to ensure that it provides the most up-to-date information on causes of dementia, how to manage early stages of dementia, finding long-term care options for people with dementia and more.

Boundless Grace: Devotions From a Caregiver’s Heart (Lois Carter): This author tells how faith in God inspired her in caring for her mother through the difficult stages of dementia. It includes descriptions of how dementia affects people differently and how looking for those cheerful moments in the midst of the struggle can make all the difference.

Creating Moments of Joy for the Person With Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers (Jolene Brackey): A touching look at how to make the most of the moments you have with someone with Alzheimer’s, this book describes memory as a series of moments. And it helps educate people on the needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease.

Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Paul J. Meyer): The Chicken Soup series comes highly recommended by our Facebook fans. In this particular collection, you’ll find stories from seniors such as Erma Bombeck, Tom Landry and Roy Rogers, who share their experiences through the golden years.

Inside Alzheimer’s (Nancy Pearce): Aimed at caregivers, this book stresses the importance of connecting with Alzheimer’s patients. And how building these connections can help create a more supportive care community. It also provides exercises to help exhausted caregivers energize their spirits.

Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir (Martha Stettinius): Chronicling her experience as her mother’s caregiver for eight years, Stettinius candidly portrays the challenges she faced and how she sought help. She structures the story in five parts, each one dedicated to the type of care her mother required as her dementia progressed, and tells an inspiring story of what life as a caregiver is really like.

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  • Michael Fassio

    Don’t forget my book, ‘Dementia and Mum – Who Really Cares? by Michael Fassio

    • Lisa Hirsch

      MY MOM MY HERO is for all the special people in your lives. Over 100 great reviews.
      Available on Amazon & Kindle worldwide.

  • Michele DeSocio

    While I Still Can.,. Rick Phelps patient

  • Lisa Hirsch

    MY MOM MY HERO is for all the special people in your lives. Over 100 great revivews.
    Available on Amazon & Kindle worldwide.

  • Coach K

    Read “The Little Book for Alzheimers’s Caregivers by Celia Koudele – its a Great read – and she has really good ideas and experience with with helping people cope.

  • Marianne Sciucco

    Blue
    Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story. 80+ great Amazon reviews. 4.7 stars.
    Available in paperback, ebook and audio on Amazon, Audible, Kindle, Nook,
    iBooks, Kobo, and other online retailers. Author Marianne Sciucco, RN
    http://mariannesciucco.blogspot.com

  • Vanessa Luther

    My father passed away in 2011 after a horrible journey through Alzheimer’s. I cared for him to the best of my ability, often feeling alone and overwhelmed. Two years later, I shared his story in a book called A Life Stolen in hopes that our heartbreaking journey could provide comfort and
    support to others travelling this devastating road. I am not a doctor, nor am I in the medical field. I am simply a daughter that woke up one day to find herself caring for her father who had been afflicted with this terrible disease. Available on Amazon http://goo.gl/0sRnyk

  • Alisa

    I wanted to share with everyone a group of books that I found for my mom. She was always such a bookworm and it’s been sad watching her not able to handle normal books. So, after a lot of searching, I was wicked happy to come across these books (I think they were just written). They are short, easy stories that are formatted specifically for dementia patients, with pleasant stories & a photo or two per chapter. She loves them. Best of all, they look like real books. I got them from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Sandy-Shoreline-Books-Dementia-Patients/dp/150073392X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423097240&sr=1-2&keywords=books+for+dementia+patients. The 3 are: The Sandy Shoreline, What the Wind Showed to Me and A Dusting of Snow (her fav). If your mom is like mine, she might love these. God bless all of you.

  • Prairie Paula

    I can’t believe that “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease” by Joanne Koenig Coste isn’t on this list. While everyone needs a good roadmap to the disease, its stages, and issues (like the 36-Hour Day), “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” is the best book I’ve found for dealing with everyday situations, behaviors and decisions. Its very pragmatic approach helps caregivers understand the patient’s world view and create an environment that maximizes joy and satisfaction. Should be required reading for anyone at home, hospitals, or nursing homes who must interact with dementia sufferers.

  • Alisa

    Hi everyone. I wanted to let you know that a new series of books just came out. They are picture books for dementia/Alzheimer’s and I just got them for my mom. Each one is photos on a different color theme. So, there’s a Potpourri of Pink, a gather of green, Bevy of Blue, A World of White, a Parcel of Purple. There’s 3 others, but I only got these 5, so not sure the names of the other ones. But they are from the same author that wrote the short stories for Alzheimer’s sufferers that I recommended. These are photos with 1 to 3 sentences and are pretty awesome. Typing from my phone, so can’t put a link but on amazon, search for Emma Rose Sparrow and you’ll see them. God bless!

  • Judi Parkinson

    Since this article was published Alzheimers.net asked me to write about
    my Picture Books for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I
    have been creating generic non-verbal communication tools since 2005.
    They are based on my experiences in dementia care, the arts and
    post-graduate research, and focus on familiar experiences – nature, home
    and hobbies – to support reminiscence and interaction for a person in
    care.

    Various short visual stories are presented under a themed
    title in books, movies and digital crosswords. The media may be used in
    quiet one-on-one recreational moments or as part of a group activities
    program.
    More information is in the article: http://www.alzheimers.net/12-22-14-reminiscence-books-help-alzheimers/

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