Living Your Best With Early Stage Alzheimer’s: An Essential Guide Author: Lisa Snyder, MSW, LCSW A practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activities, planning for the future, maintaining hope and humor, participating in research, and much more. This book provides invaluable wisdom and tips from people with Alzheimer’s and is a must-read for individuals with early Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Sunrise River Press, North Branch, Minnesota Copies of the book are available by contacting Sunrise River Press (phone: 651.277.1400 or http://www.sunriseriverpress.com/) or at http://www.amazon.com/.
Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out Author: Richard Taylor This collection of essays offers a glimpse into the world of the author, an individual who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Health Professions Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 2007. http://www.healthpropress.com/.
Speaking Our Minds: What It's Like to Have Alzheimer's, Revised Edition Author: Lisa Snyder, LCSW Seven individuals share their thoughts and feelings about living with Alzheimer’s disease. Copies of the book are available for purchase on http://www.amazon.com/.
Still Alice Author: Lisa Genova This candid and powerful novel portrays a woman’s life after receiving a diagnosis of young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2009. 800.288.4677 or http://www.simonsays.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/.
Books for the Care Partners
Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends, and Caregivers by Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Hunter House Publishers, Alameda, CA, 2003. 800.266.5592 or http://www.hunterhouse.com/. A guide for family members and friends that focuses on early-stage issues. Order Online
Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2009. 800.288.4677 or http://www.simonsays.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/. This candid and powerful novel portrays a woman’s life after receiving a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
The Forgetting: Portrait of an Epidemic by David Shenk, Doubleday, New York, NY, 2001 http://www.doubleday.com/. A compelling look into the history, science, politics, and psychology of Alzheimer’s disease.
At the Crossroads: Family Conversations about Alzheimer ’s Disease, Dementia, and Driving. Provided by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc and the MIT AgeLab. For free copies of this brochure, write to:
Perspectives Quarterly publication that addresses the interests, concerns, and reflections of individuals living with early-stage AD or other dementias. Contact: Lisa Snyder, LCSW Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center University of California (San Diego) Phone: 858.622.5800 Available free by email: LSsnyder@ucsd.edu
Alzheimer's Association® TrialMatch™ is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease and location). Visit the web site here.
Alzheimer's Family Day Center Mind and Body Workshop The program offers coping strategies, ideas for interaction and support for the invidividual with memory loss and the caregiver. 2812 Old Lee Highway Suite 210 Fairfax, VA 22031 Phone: 703.204.4664 E-mail: AFDC@AlzheimersFDC.org Visit their web site here.
Club Memory Providing hope and resources for people living with early memory loss. This is an informal social organization. It is open to people experiencing a form of cognitive impairment, their caregivers, family, and friends. People with early stage of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and various types of dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontal Temporal Dementia, and Parkinson's Disease are welcome. Sibley Memorial Hospital is the sponsor and meetings are held at Metropolitan Methodist Church. When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, except for major holidays, 1:30 - 3:00 pm Where: Metropolitan Methodist Church, 3401 Nberaska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 For more information, call Marti Bailey at 202.660.5658
Conversations at the Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC A Program for People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease The Kreeger Museum has a new art program especially designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and their caregivers. Docents and other arts specialists will conduct small interactive tours and discussions through the museum’s accessible galleries and grounds.This program is free of charge. When: 2nd & 3rd Mondays (except August) 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Where: Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, Washington, DC 20007 For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 703.766.9012 or e-mail Conversations@kreegermuseum.org.
Friends Club A social club providing social and emotional support for active gentlemen in early-to-mid stages of Alzheimer's disease. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church 6601 Bradley Boulevard Bethesda, MD 20817 Phone: 301.469.0070 E-mail: FriendsClub@verizon.net Visit their web site here.
Iona Senior Services Early Stage Support Groups for People with Memory Loss and the People Who Care for Them. Both the individuals with memory loss and their care partners attend these meetings together. Iona Senior Services 4125 Albemarle Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 202.895.9448 Visit their web site here.
Iona Senior Services Adult Day Health , Wellness & Arts Center A state-of-the-art program providing companionship, safety and independence through a full range of engaging and enriching activities. Iona Senior Services 4125 Albemarle Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 202.895.9448 Visit their web site here.
Kensington Club A social day club for people with early stage memory loss. Temple Emanuel 10101 Connecticut Avenue Kensington, MD 20895 Phone: 301.255.4204 E-mail: KensingtonClub@accesjca.org Visit their web site here.
Memory Cafe A Memory Cafe is a casual social meeting venue for those with progressive memory or cognitive impairment and their caregivers. A Memory Cafe is not a support group, but a way to provide information, resousrces and fellowship for those with Alzheimer's and other related diseases. The Memory Cafe began in England, but we are forming groups in the DC area. We currently have one in the Great Falls/Reston/Herndon area.
The Great Falls/Reston/Herndon Memory Cafe When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month Where: Andrew Chapel Methodist 1301 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182 Call Carol Blackwell at 571.236.6933 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Sterling Area Memory Cafe When: 2nd Saturday of the month Where: Galilee United Methodist Church, Youth Center 45425 Winding Road Sterling, VA 20165 Call Dee Steubing at 571.243.6199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SeniorPlus A supportive program held within seven Fairfax County senior center locations for indiviudals beginning to experience memory loss. Phone a Location: Alexandria (Lincolnia Senior Center) 703.914.1383 Alexandria (Groveton Senior Center) 703.704.5019 Centreville (Sully Senior Center) 703.830.8301 Fairfax (Little River Glen Senior Center) 703.503.8727 Falls Church (James Lee Senior Center) 703.534.3387 extension 216 Herndon (Herndon Senior Center) 703.464.6203 Lorton (Lorton Senior Center) 703.550.7190 Visit their web site here.
You and Me Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) has a program for individuals who are experiencing early memory loss and need a proactive day program to provide social support and memory retraining skills. Winchester Living Center Jim Barnett Park 1001 East Cork Street Winchester, VA 22601 Phone: 800.883.4122