Helpful Books for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans. Providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior loved one is challenging and can take a toll mentally, emotionally, and financially. A number of books have been published that can help advise caregivers during their experience.

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

A favorite among San Antonio senior home care professionals and lauded by many as the “go to manual” for caregivers, this comprehensive guide offers tips for daily care and managing challenging behaviors, discusses resources for outside help for caregivers, and gives financial and legal counsel.

Understand Alzheimer’s: A First-Time Caregiver’s Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer’s & Dementia, by Calistoga Press

This book explains the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s, gives recommendations for care during these phases, and offers advice on how to cope with caregiver stress and feelings of depression and isolation.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease, by Joanne Koenig Coste and Robert Butler

With a focus on addressing the emotional needs of both the caregiver and the person living with Alzheimer’s, this guide also features ways to improve communication between the two as well as practical tips for dealing with the disease from early to more advanced stages.

Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers, by Jolene Brackey

The author gives insight into the thoughts and feelings of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and suggests ways of bringing joy into their lives.

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