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Best Alzheimer's Books

Editors' Picks: Best Books for Alzheimer's Caregivers

By Caring.com Staff
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Whether you're looking for inspiration or practical guidance, the following books about Alzheimer's disease can help.

5 Best Memoirs About Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's

  1. The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting, by Elizabeth Cohen
  2. Elegy for Iris, by John Bayley
  3. The Story of My Father: A Memoir, by Sue Miller
  4. My Journey Into Alzheimer's Disease, by Robert Davis
  5. Circling My Mother, by Mary Gordon

5 Best Books About Caring for a Spouse With Alzheimer's

  1. Life With Charlie: Coping With an Alzheimer's Spouse or Other Dementia Patient and Keeping Your Sanity, by Carol Heckman-Owen
  2. I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer's, by Judith Fox
  3. My Spouse Had Alzheimer's: My Experiences as a Caregiver, by Walter F. Heidlage
  4. Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Good-bye of Alzheimer's , by Barry Petersen
  5. Alive With Alzheimer's, by Cathy Stein Greenblat

5 Best Books About Early-Onset Dementia

  1. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
  2. Could It Be Dementia? Losing Your Mind Doesn't Mean Losing Your Soul, by Louise Morse and Roger Hitchings
  3. Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Good-bye of Alzheimer's, by Barry Petersen
  4. Alzheimer's From the Inside Out, by Richard Taylor
  5. Jim's Journey: The Story of a Young Man With Early-Onset Alzheimer's, by Gretchen L. Dausey

5 Best Children's Books About Alzheimer's

  1. What's Happening to Grandpa? by Maria Shriver
  2. Remember Me, by Margaret Wild
  3. Grandma's Cobwebs: A Story for Children About Alzheimer's Disease, by Ann Frantti
  4. Remember, Grandma? by Laura Langston
  5. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox

5 Moving Memoirs by Children of People With Dementia

  1. Dementia Diary: A Care Giver's Journal, by Robert Tell
  2. Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories, by Carol Bradley Bursack
  3. Elder Rage, or Take My Father . . . Please! How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents, by Jacqueline Marcell
  4. Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, by Carol D. O'Dell
  5. 36 Days Apart: A Memoir of a Daughter, Her Parents, and the Beast Named Alzheimer's: A Story of Life, Love, and Death, by Deborah Ann Tornillo

5 Books Written by or About Someone With Mild-Stage Dementia

  1. Alzheimer's From the Inside Out, by Richard Taylor
  2. Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer's: A Guide in Two Voices, by Robert Simpson and Anne Simpson
  3. *The Experience of Alzheimer's Disease: Life Through a Tangled Veil by Steven R. Sabat
  4. Larry's Way: Another Look at Alzheimer's From the Inside, by Larry Rose
  5. When the Doctor Says, "Alzheimer's", by Betty Weiss

5 Books for Young Children Who Have Parents or Grandparents With Dementia

  1. Hugging Grandma: Loving Those With Memory Disorders, by Zina Kramer
  2. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox
  3. Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants: A Story About Alzheimer's Disease for Young Children, by Barbara Schnurbush
  4. Allie Learns About Alzheimer's Disease: A Family Story about Love, Patience, and Acceptance, by Kim Gosselin
  5. Still My Grandma, by Veronique Van Den Abeele

Review Last Year's List

Be sure to check out our editors' recommended Alzheimer's books for caregivers from 2009.

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