Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Helpful Books for Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s

Coping with Alzheimer’s can be a challenge for the whole family, so it’s important to rely on various forms of support. Though there is nothing anyone can do or say to fix the situation, many families find that reading books about the condition allow them to understand it better and realize that they’re not alone. Some useful titles on the topic include:

A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Sandy Burgener and Prudence Twigg

This book offers helpful advice for those living with family members with early stage dementia. It is highly insightful, and offers pertinent examples about others who have dealt with the challenges that memory loss creates. The book is both practical and comforting, making it a must-read for families of seniors with memory-related conditions.

A Return Journey; Hope and Strength in the Aftermath of Alzheimer’s by Sue Petrovski

In this book, Petrovski offers words of wisdom from a support group of caregivers who are dealing with Alzheimer’s. The emphasis is placed on the person providing the care, as opposed to the person dealing with the condition. Families of those with Alzheimer’s will find the tips useful and comforting.

Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook by Howard Gruetzner

This is a highly regarded book recommended by many elder care professionals. It offers a realistic portrayal of life with this devastating disease. It offers a look into symptoms, stages, treatments, and support services available to family members. It has a hopeful tone that makes a person feel optimistic about dealing with the disease. However, it also accurately puts into words the stress, grief, and depression that can come from the condition. 

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

This book is another must-read, note dementia care professionals. It is highly useful for a family that has just received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It provides insight into the kinds of symptoms and situations the disease brings with it, and also assists with long-term planning. 

Many families of seniors with a memory-related disease find reading books about the topic to be both useful and comforting. They can learn to cope with the disease in a productive way, while ensuring that their senior’s needs are met as time goes on. Take solace in reading the words of others who have been in a similar situation.

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