Recommended Alzheimer's Books

Best Books for Alzheimer's
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The editors of recommend these books for caregivers:

The Comfort of Home for Alzheimer's Disease

A Guide for Caregivers

By Maria M. Meyer, Mary S. Mittelman, and Cynthia Epstein, with Paula Derr

Written for family and paraprofessional home caregivers who are caring for aging friends, family, or clients with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Offers practical advice on everything from safety-proofing a home to paying for care.

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The Alzheimer's Action Plan

The Experts' Guide to the Best Diagnosis and Treatment for Memory Problems

By P. Murali Doraiswamy and Lisa P. Gwyther, with Tina Adler

A detailed, user-friendly look at the latest on identifying and living with Alzheimer's. Many insider tips and examples from a Duke University psychiatrist and the founder of an award-winning family support program at the Duke Center for Aging.

When Your Loved One Has Dementia

A Simple Guide for Caregivers

By Joy A. Glenner, Jean M. Stehman, Judith Davagnino, Margaret J. Galante, and Martha L. Green

Short, list-filled overview for family caregivers. Especially good: sections on communication and on identifying and managing problem behaviors.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing With the Disease

By Joanne Koenig Coste

This approach -- called habilitation -- emphasizes relating to people with Alzheimer's in their own reality. Very practical ideas on how to talk, react to behaviors, and maintain a high quality of life for the affected person.

Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

By Daniel Kuhn

Concerns in the initial stages of Alzheimer's are different from later ones. A compassionate beginner's guide, covering such issues as what plans to make now and whether to tell others.

The 36-Hour Day

A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life

By Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

First written in 1981 (and since updated several times), it's a classic in Alzheimer's caregiving. Provides a soup-to-nuts overview, beginning with "What Is Dementia" and ending with directions on future research.

2010 Update

Make sure to check out our editors' picks for best Alzheimer's books for 2010.