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The Alzheimer's Association offers a lending library in each of its regional offices statewide. Additional resources are available through the National Library Service.

Featured books

A Caregiver's Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
by Helen Buell Whitworth MS BSN ©2010
This is the ideal resource for caregivers, family members, and friends of individuals seeking to understand Lewy Body Dementia.

A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care, A Guide for Family Caregivers
by Virginia Bell, MSW & David Troxel, MPH ©2002
The keystone book describing the Best FriendsTM approach to Alzheimer’s care - using caring, heartfelt responses to daily situations, bringing dignity to the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Ageless Outings – Summary of Ageless Outings – Destination Planning Chart & Appendix of Destinations Listed Alphabetically
by Maureen Wells ©2002.
While the original go-to book for outings in the Denver area enjoyed by the general public and by persons with dementia, Ageless Outings, is out of print, this summary gives you lists of enjoyable destinations - great for a short visit or a day trip.

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
by Nataly Rubinstein  ©2011
Written by a licensed clinical social worker with twenty-five years of experience, this easy-to-read book will give you the resources to make informed decisions regarding the best possible care for you and your loved one.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias
by Amy Newmark ©2014
With 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by others like you, this book is a source of support and encouragement throughout your caregiving journey.

Coach Broyles Playbook
by Frank Broyles  ©2006
"This Playbook" is a social model, not a medical model (doing things *with* her, not *for* her). It was written to give you practical tips to help guide you in taking care of your loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Connecting the Dots
by Judith London PhD ©2009
In more than sixteen years of work with Alzheimer's patients and their families, author Judith London has learned how to 'connect the dots' of scattered information offered by people with Alzheimer's so that loved ones can understand the depth of feeling still present in them.

Creating Environments of Support: A Handbook for Dementia Responsive Design
by Sarah Campernel & William Brummett ©2009
This guide is intended to help shape a care setting for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. Architectural and design elements can create a therapeutic environment that actually enhances the life and care of someone with dementia.

Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia
by Jolene Brackey ©2000
Jolene Brackey has a vision. A vision that will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy.

La comodidad del hogar: Guía ilustrada y detallada de cuidado y asistencia
por Maria M. Meyer y Paula Derr, RN  ©2002
Esta beneficiosa guía puede eliminar el miedo de cuidar a alguien en casa, prevenir lesiones e infecciones en las personas con Alzheimer’s, asegurar buena nutrición, manejar problemas rutinarios y cómo comunicarse con cuidadores profesionales (hay una sección especial de cuidados de personas con demencia).   **tambien disponible en inglés: The Comfort of Home

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's
by Joanne Koenig Coste and Robert Butler ©2004
Joanne Koenig 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, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between care partners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to · cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression · help the patient talk about the illness · face the issue of driving · make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible · adjust room design for the patient’s comfort · deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression.

Living Your Best With Early Stage Alzheimer's: An Essential Guide
by Lisa Snyder ©2010
Today, when a person is diagnosed, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer's are seeking information about how to take charge of their lives, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease.

Los Mejores Amigos en el Cuidado de Alzheimer
por Virginia Bell, MSW, and David Troxel, MPH  ©2003
El cuidado de Alzheimer requiere los mismos ingredients que se requiren en cualquier Buena Amistad: respeto mutual, afecto, comprensión y apoyo. Esto significa compartir tiempo, sentimientos, recuerdos y experiencias nuevas.  No es difícil. **tambien disponible en inglés: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care

Mom, Are You There? Finding a Path to Peace Through Alzheimer’s
by Kathleen A. Negri ©2003
Insights and lessons that can aid any caregiver in embracing the person with dementia in positive, healthy ways and in developing self-understanding.

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova ©2008
Still Alice is a fictional story about the descent of a 50-year-old university professor diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The Association assisted author Lisa Genova with her research, which included interviews with several members of past Early Stage Advisory Groups. The Association is also featured prominently in the book's plot. In addition, the Association worked with Genova to create the Still Alice discussion guide, specifically for people living with Alzheimer's. The guide, the first of its kind, is intended to help people with the disease use Alice's story to connect with their experience and explain it to others.

The 36-Hour Day:  A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life (5th edition)
by Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins, MD, PhD  ©2011
The “must-have” resource or “bible” of dementia care. *also available in Spanish: Cuando el Día Tiene 36 Horas

Understanding Difficult Behaviors: Some Practical Suggestions for coping with Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Illnesses
by Anne Robinson, MA, Beth Spencer, MSW, Laura White, MSW  ©2007
This material is intended to help caregivers understand the many possible explanations for why challenging behaviors may occur. Practical coping strategies for responding to challenging situations such as agitation, wandering, incontinence and resistance to care are also offered. These suggestions have been compiled from a number of sources including conversations with families, Alzheimer's Association newsletters, books and journal articles.

What If It's Not Alzheimer's, A Guide to Dementia
by John Trojanowski  ©2007
This book is the first comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer’s dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD.

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