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Recommended Reading List - Alzheimer Disease & Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear after age 60.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's.

More information about Alzheimer's disease can be found in the Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet.

In addition, there are a number of books available that offer information about the disease, as well as tips on how to help a family member suffering from Alzheimer....


Treating Alzheimer's Preventing Alzheimer's

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Treating Alzheimer's Preventing Alzheimer's
A Patient and Family Guide, 2011 Edition
By Richard S. Isaacson M.D.
Alzheimer's Disease Education Consultants (2011)
ISBN: 978-0983186977

Thirty common questions Alzheimer's Disease, answered by an Alzheimer's specialist. While not technically a large print book, this book does feature 'larger' print than a normal standard print book.
100 Simple Things You Can Do

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100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss
By Jean Carper
Thorndike Large Print (2011)
ISBN: 978-1410434203
This book is also available in Standard Print.

Most people think there is little or nothing you can do to avoid Alzheimer's. However, prominent researchers now say that our best and perhaps only hope of defeating Alzheimer's is to prevent it.
The 36-Hour Day

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The 36-Hour Day, 5th edition
A Family Guide to Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss
Large Print Edition
By Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins
The Johns Hopkins University Press (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-4214-0307-6
This book is also available in Standard Print.

This is the definitive guide for people caring for someone with dementia. Now in a new and updated edition, this best-selling book features thoroughly revised chapters 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.
The Myth of Alzheimer's

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The Myth of Alzheimer's
What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis
By Dr. Peter J. Whitehouse, with Daniel George
St. Martin's Griffin (2008)
ISBN: 978-0312368173

This book is only available in standard print.

In this provocative and ground-breaking book, Dr. Whitehouse challenges the conventional wisdom about memory loss and cognitive impairment and questions the current treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

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A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease
300 Tips for Making Life Easier
By Patricia Callone, Barbara Vasiloff, Roger Brumback, Janaan Manternach, & Connie Kudlacek
Demos Medical Publishing (2005)
ISBN: 978-1932603163
Currently, this book is only available in standard print. However, a large print edition is in production.

This book will help readers understand what is physically happening to the brain so they can empower their own special skills and talents throughout the disease process. Chapters cover legal and financial issues, family forums in the caregiving process, the role of medication at various stages of the disease, helping children understand what is happening to a loved one, and more...
The Alzheimer's Action Plan

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The Alzheimer's Action Plan
What You Need to Know - and What You Can Do - about Memory Problems, from Prevention to Early Intervention and Care By Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Lisa P. Gwyther M.S.W., & Tina Adler
St. Martin's Griffin (2009)
ISBN: 978-0312538712

This book is only available in standard print.

Clear, compassionate, and empowering, The Alzheimer’s Action Plan is the first book that anyone dealing with mild memory loss or early Alzheimer’s must-read in order to preserve the highest possible quality of life for as long as possible.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

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Learning to Speak Alzheimer's
Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease
By Dr. Joanne Koenig Coste
Mariner Books (2004) ISBN: 978-0618485178

This book is only available in standard print.

Dr. Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, works to enhance communication between carepartners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia.
The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle

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The Alzheimer's Caregiving Puzzle
Putting Together the Pieces
By Patricia Callone & Connie Kudlacek
Demos Health (2010)
ISBN: 978-1932603880

This book is only available in standard print.

Written by two caregivers with 55 years of experience this book speaks directly to the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Using a theme of Nurture What Remains the authors help people to understand and give better care both to persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
Risk Assessment and Management for Living Well With Dementia

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Risk Assessment and Management for Living Well With Dementia
By Charlotte L. Clarke, Heather Wilkinson, John Keady, & Catherine E. Gibb
Jessica Kingsley (2011)
ISBN: 978-1849050050

This book is only available in standard print.

This book outlines some of the key issues in risk perception, assessment and management in dementia care in a way that is both practical and accessible to a range of practitioners.
Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's Disease
Physician's Guide to Practical Management, 2nd Edition
Edited by Ralph W. Richter and Brigitte Zoeller Richter
Humana Press (2011)
ISBN: 978-1603278690

This book is only available in standard print.

In the second edition of this well-known, comprehensive title on Alzheimer’s Disease, prominent Alzheimer's investigators from throughout the world provide an updated and expanded overview of therapeutics for this devastating disease. Divided into five parts, the book begins with basic research on the neurobiology of cognitive function, offering relevant information on the way the brain encodes and stores data. The second segment covers epidemiology, including the global economic burden and risk factors for developing AD.
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