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Choosing Joy

CHOOSING JOY is a book of hope. Most accounts of Alzheimer's describe a process of irreversible degeneration and decline. This is a rare success story, the story of a woman who refused to surrender to the implications of her husband's diagnosis, instead inspiring him to join her in making every moment they had together meaningful and precious.

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Costs of Caregiving: Alzheimer's Other Victim

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Somebody Stole My Iron

 

Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved. After Vicki Tapia’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. 

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Lost Memories Found Hope

Michelle Spray leads us through the realities of the “long goodbye,” from unplugging the stove, taking away the car keys, asking for help, and eventually finding a nursing home. Her main character, Jillian, bears the burden of caring for her grandmother who has the disease. Written with humor and love, Spray deftly paints a portrait of a young woman facing these challenges with equal measures of grace and despair.

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Waiting for the Mailman

 Waiting for the Mailman is An Alzheimer's Story that so many families have to endure. Written with love, honesty, and many happy memories.

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My Two Elaines

 

Former governor of Wisconsin Marty Schreiber has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who sometimes no longer recognizes him as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role. More than an account of Marty's struggles in caring for his wife, My Two Elaines also offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer's while maintaining the caregiver's health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's are women, he offers special guidance for men thrust into an unexpected job. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his Second Elaine.

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Finding the Light in Dementia

As featured in The Journal of Dementia Care, Finding the Light in Dementia: a Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers is the essential self-help book for those who find themselves caring for someone with dementia. With valuable research and relatable stories, Dr. Jane M. Mullins explains the common changes in people living with dementia and what you can do to support them through the journey.

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When Reasoning No Longer Works: A Practical Guide for Caregivers Dealing with Dementia & Alzheimer's Care

When someone in your family suffers from Alzheimer's disease or other related memory loss diseases, both you and your loved one face immense challenges. For over thirty years, this book has been the trusted bible for families affected by dementia disorders. Now completely revised and updated, this guide features the latest information on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option. .

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Alzheimer's Through the Stages: A caregivers guide

 

Alzheimer's books should help everyone involved in this incredibly difficult time. That’s why Alzheimer’s Through the Stages shows you what you can do for your loved one―and yourself―every step of the way. This book’s detailed descriptions of all seven stages of the disease are both helpful and comforting.

With each section divided into three parts―what to expect, what to say, and what to do―this is one of the easiest to use Alzheimer's books for caregivers.

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