I Care by Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills
Top of the line. Practical help for care-partners. Appendix of helpful resources for interviews and checklists. Link to purchase.
I’m Still Here by John Zeisel, Ph.D
Recommended for all those who relate to persons experiencing mental impairment. Especially helpful for family members, those in the ministry, and care-givers. The emphasis is on appreciating and affirming each individual’s person-hood, while creating a healing environment and relationship with his/her remaining abilities. Refreshing read. Link to purchase.
In Pursuit of the Sunbeam by Steve Shields and LaVrene Norton
A practical guide to transformation from institution to household. After historical and regulating background, the author pursues the philosophy of change in the environment and the transformation of “self.” Link to purchase.
Transforming Long-term Care by Kelly O’Shea Carney and Margaret P. Norris
Excellent. “Elder care method.” Comprehensive approach for health care professionals, policy strategists, and family managers. Link to purchase.
Hiding The Stranger In The Mirror by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D
Helpful series of examples of stories of persons with dementia and lessons to learn at the end of each chapter. Basic to care is the need to always see the person as someone who is responding in a way that makes sense to him/her. Finding and using strengths that remain. Recommend read for caregivers. Link to purchase.
Relentless Goodbye by Ginnie Burkholder
Most insightful and inspiring description of the journey of grief and mourning during years of caring for a loved one with dementia. Recommended for all who face the sadness that permeates every aspect of life when loss is relentless and impacts one’s hopes, and self awareness with the helplessness that accompanies dementia. Link to purchase.
Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade by Gary Chapman, Deborah Barr, Edward G. Shaw
This book is easy reading and captivating as it applies the five love languages to persons with dementia and their care partners. An informative book. Link to purchase.
Better Living With Dementia – Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies by Laura N. Gitlin, Nancy A. Hodgson
Excellent, comprehensive book that is useful for everyone touched by dementia. Combines research evidence and theories with practical know how. The care vignettes that illustrate key points are a nice touch. Link to purchase.
Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia by John Dunlop
A diagnosis of dementia in a loved one can be both frightening and frustrating. Only a biblical foundation fuels a Christian response that both honors the patient and glorifies God. Drawing on years of professional experience working with Alzheimer's patients, Dr. John Dunlop wants to transform the way we think about dementia. Rooting his vision of care in the inherent dignity that stems from the fact that all people are made in the image of God, he explains biblical principles, describes the experience of dementia, and answers common questions about the condition. With a plan for how to care for patients with compassion and respect, this book helps caregivers, family members, and anyone else affected by dementia honor God as they improve quality of care to patients. Link to purchase.
Dr. David Amen, clinical neuroscientist and best-selling author, shares simple steps to boost your brain to dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease in the following DVD’s: