Great Discussions

Dementia and Other Memory Issues

Discussion Date: February 20, 2014


Cover Image When Alzheimer's Touches a Family : A Layperson's Guide to Caring for and Understanding the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia
Jarrard, Rebecca.
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2006.

According to author, more than six million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in the U.S. More than 73 percent of them are being cared for at home by family members. It is to those home caregivers that she offers this book intended to be accessible to the non-medical reader.

Cover Image The 36-Hour Day : A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss
Mace, Nancy L.
New York : Grand Central Life & Style, 2012, c2011.

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.

Cover Image When a Family Member Has Dementia : Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver
McCurry, Susan.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006.

Offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them become more resilient in the face of the difficulties and changes associated with dementia. McCurry teaches caregivers how to take advantage of their own creativity and inner resources to develop strategies that will work in their unique situations. She presents her set of five core principles and then brings them to life through vignettes. Anyone who lives, works, or comes in contact with a person who has dementia will benefit from this volume.

Cover Image Defying Dementia : Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer's and Related Disorders
Levine, Robert, 1939-
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2010.

Levine explains dementia and its causes, in all of its forms, with a focus on what research shows we can do to lower our risk of developing dementia.

Cover Image Still Alice : A Novel
Genova, Lisa
New York : Pocket Books, 2009.

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Cover Image Creating Moments of Joy
Brackey, Jolene.
West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University Press 2007

A journal for caregivers of Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.

What is dementia?
Short article by the Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia and presents symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and risk & prevention factors.

Alzheimers Disease and other forms of dementia.
Offered by the Alzheimer’s Disease Health Center, this article discusses treatable and untreatable causes of dementia, different forms of dementia, and the prevalence of dementia. It also contains many links to related topics.

The 10 common symptoms of dementia: Knowing the signs.
This article presents 10 early warning signs of dementia that should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Johns Hopkins’ Guide to Understanding Dementia.
You can obtain this free publication by visiting the site and entering your e-mail address.

Alzheimer’s Locator
This free service by the Alzheimer’s Association helps families find local Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The Sense of an Ending.
Mead, Rebecca
The New Yorker (May 20, 2013)

How to Keep Dementia at Bay
Ted C. Fishman
USA Today (Dec. 2, 2013): News: p10A.

Study on Care for Dementia Finds High and Soaring Costs.
Belluck, Pam
The New York Times (April 3, 2013): Latest News

Dementia’s Signs May Come Early.
Belluck, Pam
The New York Times (July 17, 2013): Health

Alzheimer’s Anxiety.
Emanual, Ezekiel J.
The New York Times (Nov. 16, 2013): Opinion

Dementia Makes Communication Difficult, but Some Steps Can Make it Easier.
Schuster, Janice Lynch
Washington Post (April 8, 2013)

No Routine Mental Tests for Seniors -- At Least Not Yet, Panel Says; Until Dementia Treatments Improve, There's No Point, Some Experts Say.
Randy Dotinga
Consumer Health News (English). (Nov. 4, 2013)

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