Best Alzheimer's Books

Editors' Picks: Best Books for Alzheimer's Caregivers

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.

Which books about Alzheimer's disease have most helped you? Share your picks in the comments section, below.

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5 months ago, said...

There is a wonderful poetry book called Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home by Pat Durmon. Pat is an award-winning free verse poet, and she has written this book to describe the light as well as the shadows she encountered when her mother, who developed dementia, had to enter the unique world of the nursing home. It's a beautiful tribute, and many have been comforted by the sensitivity, sincerity, and loving humor they find in this journey. I'm not sure if it's allowed, but I will say that the book is in print and Kindle form on, found by searching for the title and author.

over 2 years ago, said...

I'm reading Jo Dereske's weekly chapters about caregiving relatives, called "All of us at the same Time." Am really enjoying it so far. It's on her website:

over 2 years ago, said...

The book, "I'll Be Seeing You" by Deane Johnson is a 7 year journal following early onset to 7 years moved to Alzheimer's home. I, Deane Johnson, wrote the book. It has sold word of mouth in US, UK, South Africa. It is sold on only. I would appreciate it if my book was listed. Deane Johnson

over 2 years ago, said...

Beyond Forgetting, a memoir about a granddaughter caring for her grandfather with Alzheimer's. Written by Christine Zimmerman.

almost 3 years ago, said...

I just read Love in the Land of Dementia, by Deborah Shouse. It was moving and uplifting, sometimes sad, but also helpful and practical. I think you should include it on your list.

about 4 years ago, said...

The most empowering book I (caregiver to my almost 90 yr old husband) have read is ""THE ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY Helping Caregivers to Cope", by Robert Santulli MD. Dr. Santulli is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with an astounding devotion to the families of patients with Alzheimer's.

over 4 years ago, said...

There is another rather unusual book about Alzheimer's Caregiving -- this one truly different from the rest. It's a humorous book, and totally over the top. And everything in it is TRUE. Check out Dunwoody Journal on

over 4 years ago, said...

Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage... Just released in April for dementia caregivers feeling overwhelmed by the diagnosis. Part memoir, part guidebook. All 5 star reviews so far.

over 4 years ago, said...

I recently found a book called "Nana Can't Remember" on It was short but a nice overview which we used for discussion.

over 5 years ago, said...

Alexandra Faer Bryan, R.N., is the author of the new children's book, "Green Kitty," in which she shares creative advice for families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. She now has her book available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The book uniquely incorporates amusing, true animal stories along with a grandmother and her visiting grandchild. It subtly weaves caregiving suggestions into the storyline of her educational and entertaining work and was developed for 8-12 year olds. It also shows how, despite the illness, a strong bond still grows in the family. It is available on Apple's iBookstore through the iBooks application where it has received five star reviews. A new paperback version which includes more stories and eight new illustration will be available at the end of May. For more information about "Green Kitty" and to order the paperback book please see

over 5 years ago, said...

Great resource/book: 'The 36-hour day'' - A family guide to caring for persons with Altzheimer disease, relating dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life. ..Authors: Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins, MD. ..Year 1999, and now 2006 4th edition. ...Wish I had this book when parents were going thru early issues with the disease. Would have been helpful. ...Can be purchased on Ebay and possibly

almost 6 years ago, said...

Please include my book, the resource: Still Giving Kisses: A Guide to Helping and Enjoying the Alzheimer's Victim You Love. It shares therapeutic interventions from an occupational therapy perspective.

almost 6 years ago, said...

There is a brand-new book out there, just published - "Are All My Buttons Red? Thoughts from a Caregiver" by Brenda Wiseman, available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Taken from a caregiver's daily journal, it's a like a heart-to-heart chat with someone who truly understands what you're going through - the feelings of guilt, anger, fear - along with appreciation and compassion.

almost 6 years ago, said...

Excellent resources.

almost 6 years ago, said...

Good list & suggestions. I just read Still Alice and couldn't put it down. Very good portrayal and though it's impossible to truly know the feelings of the person with the disease, I feel like she captured the inner life pretty accurately and honestly.