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Informative Books On Dementia That Might Reassure You

As difficult as dementia is to deal with, these books will go a very long way for you.

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Dementia is often a difficult disease to witness, especially when it affects someone close to you. But remember, there have been thousands who have been going through the same experience, and the best way to heal is to share and learn and relate.

These books are thoughtfully written and encompass the difficulty of caring for someone with dementia. They’re definitely worth the read.

#1 Thank you Lady by Mina Drever

Thank you Lady by Mina Drever
They say that your mother has gone. They say she is not your mother anymore. The disease has taken over her mind. The dementia has disconnected her from her rationality But this is not so. Angela never stopped being the person that she had been. Right to the end of her last breath she never stopped thinking about other people and their needs. The past and the present became one. Time and space were unified in the reality of remembered episodes, bursts of memories that presented themselves to her mind in cinematic snapshots’

With this opening in Thank you Lady, the author turns upside down the established view of dementia. A memoir of Angela’s life – as it reveals itself through her conversations and interactions with family, friends and carers – it challenges the reader to see that dementia is not a disease but a disability.

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#2 Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! by Tetsumori Yamashima

Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! by Tetsumori Yamashima
Every day, we go home from work, we have a sit down and we decide what to have for dinner. If you’re looking to go healthy, you’ll consider cutting down your portion sizes or limiting certain, less healthy ingredients.

If you’re not, you might opt for a nice, greasy takeaway. Whether you choose the healthy option or not, you might be upset to learn that no matter what, you may be significantly increasing your chances of developing dementia comes all down to cooking oil.

Dr Yamashima explains in Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! just how dangerous common cooking oils can be in an effort to decrease the rise in Alzheimer’s disease. His ground-breaking research will make you think twice about how you cook your meals â and just might help you to keep your brain and mind as sharp and sound as possible..

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#3 Love, Life and Death in a Teacup by Sarah Priest

Love, Life and Death in a Teacup by Sarah Priest
Love, Life and Death in a Teacup is Sarah’s first collection of poems. It tells a story of hope, passion and loss, encompassing her sanctuary, the allotment, falling in love and watching the slow demise of her mother’s mind to dementia. All these moments in time have been savoured by the quintessential pastime of drinking tea.

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#4 Trying to Care by William Wood

Trying to Care by William Wood
After a life overseas, William agrees to lend a hand to his ageing parents in their cottage in Kent. Both in their 90s, the couple’s initial frailty deteriorates into dementia and illness, and they are clearly unable to cope alone.

Imperceptibly, William’s help turns into full-time caring as he moves in with them. At first, he has little understanding of their condition. He witnesses his ailing father’s dedication to an unappreciative wife of 70 years, while he does his best to keep them both fed and comfortable. His struggle is not without moments of humour and self-enlightenment.

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#5 What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard
It is easy to feel that people with dementia are somehow less human: memory loss, confusion and behavioural changes can make us feel that they are losing their identity, they’re not who they were. The cold hard truth of dementia, is that it does break down much of who we are, but perhaps what’s more important is what is left behind.

Someone may have dementia, but that doesn’t mean they can’t feel anything, including love. Gerard’s book helps to break the silence on dementia and shows us the little glimpses of light and love during the darkening of the disease.

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#6 Dementia Sucks: A Caregiver’s Journey – With Lessons Learned by Tracey S. Lawrence

Dementia Sucks: A Caregiver's Journey - With Lessons Learned by Tracey S. Lawrence
“Dementia Sucks is the true story of my journey as caregiver to two parents who succumbed to dementia. Taken primarily from a journal/blog I wrote while caring for my mother, this is a uniquely genuine, funny and heart-felt account of what it’s like to watch loved ones devolve, offering practical advice on how to enable the best quality of life for families going through this transition. Few prepare for this, and there aren’t enough helpful resources available.

“Dementia Sucks” guides readers through the process with wit and knowing perspective. It’s the missing manual for caregiving people with dementia.

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#7 Alzheimer’s with My Mother, Eilleen by James F. Dicke II

Alzheimer's with My Mother, Eilleen by James F. Dicke II
A very candid look into the world of Alzheimer’s and what a family can expect.

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#8 Bring the Rain: A Novel by JoAnn Franklin

Bring the Rain: A Novel by JoAnn Franklin
In JoAnn’s recent release of her debut novel, BRING THE RAIN (5/21; She Writes Press), she aims to bring awareness to Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and show how it impacts both those diagnosed and their caregivers. The story follows an accomplished professor and think-tank founder who encounters the biggest challenge of her life: FTD.

FTD is a disease that will strip Dart Sommers of morals and intelligence before ultimately ending her life. As Dart struggles to accept her diagnosis, she also finds herself developing feelings for her boss, a grieving widower who lost his wife to the same disease.

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#9 When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember by Toby Haberkorn

When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember by Toby Haberkorn
When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia is a resource for how to explain dementia in an age-appropriate way. It provides conversational openings and stimulates discussion between parents and children about compassion and this debilitating disease. The story explores the difficult reality of dementia and the bittersweet changing relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother.

By including children in the family discussion, parents help them become resilient and empower them to provide comfort for the grandparents or loved ones with dementia. This book is listed on the children’s resource book list on the Alzheimer’s Association and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aging websites.

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#10 The Everything Alzheimer’s Book by Carolyn Dean

The Everything Alzheimer's Book by Carolyn Dean
“The Everything Alzheimer’s Book provides authoritative information on the disease, its symptoms, current treatments, and effective management. This comprehensive book includes a primer on basic brain function and thorough descriptions of the symptoms of the disease, which can include memory loss, disorientation, and delusions.

In addition to the easy-to-follow, reliable information, this accessible reference helps readers make sense of tests, choose the right treatment, and deal with symptoms to reduce anxiety and ensure a better quality of life.

This completely up-to-date work helps families:

  • Recognize and deal with dementia
  • Manage medications
  • Alzheimer’s-proof the home
  • Handle financial and legal issues
  • Know the pros and cons of home care versus hospital stay

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#11 Becoming Fluent by Richard Roberts

Becoming Fluent by Richard Roberts
Can adults learn a foreign language, even later in life? And are there cognitive benefits in terms of staving off later-life dementia? Richard Roberts and Roger Kruez make the compelling argument that learning a second language as an adult is far from a lost cause. They also point to scientific evidence that suggests that being bilingual confers real-world gains when it comes to brain deterioration in the final decades of life.

One study in Toronto found that for bilingual patients dementia set in more than four years later on average vs. their monolingual peers (75.5 vs. 71.4). That’s a huge difference, one worth consideration and further research.

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#12 HOPE for the Alzheimer’s Journey by Carol B. Amos

HOPE for the Alzheimer's Journey by Carol B. Amos
H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey’ has helped hundreds of caregivers have a less stressful, more rewarding journey since it was published in October of 2018. ‘H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey’ equips Alzheimer’s family and professional caregivers with knowledge, tools, and advice for their difficult road ahead.

The concepts are conveyed in an open, honest, and creative manner using original family email communications from Carol B. Amos’s own eleven-year journey. Carol also introduces The Caregiving Principle™: a simple approach that provides a deeper understanding of a person with Alzheimer’s disease and a framework for the caregiver’s role. She provides examples of how The Caregiving Principle™ helped her connect with her mother.

‘H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey’ encourages caregivers to take care of themselves and provides inspiration for their journey. ‘H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey’ is the 2019 winner of the Book Excellence Award in the Caregiver category.

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Contributors to this article
Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

Tamsin Nicholson from Yekize

Tracey S. Lawrence from Dementia Sucks!

Reyne Hirsch from Outside the Box Media

JoAnn Franklin from She Writes Press

Toby Haberkorn from Baypointe Publishers

Boris Levitsky from Net Improvements

Greg Brown from Achievement English

Carol B. Amos from Carol B. Amos

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