Taking care of a person with Alzheimer's is both physically and emotionally demanding.
Caregivers face many challenges that can strain relationships and affect the well-being of the person living with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver themselves.
To help support Alzheimer's caregivers, we have collected 9 of the best books that answer essential questions, give practical advice on caregiving, and give tips on taking care of yourself too.
8 Must-read Books...
In "Before I Forget,” Celebrity chef B. Smith paints a powerful picture of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's at just 66 years old.
With the help of her husband, Dan, B. exposes the more challenging aspects of living with Alzheimer's and the impact the diagnosis had on their family.
Their story is a fantastic resource for caregivers, with plenty of coping mechanisms and honest advice.
With multiple editions published, "The 36-Hour Day" is an up-to-date guide on caring for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
With truthful information on family’s difficulties, the book is considered by many as the go-to book for Alzheimer's caregiving.
As well as practical advice, the book discusses issues such as:
- Delayed degenerative symptoms
- Health care insurance
- Palliative treatment
- Residential care
- Support groups for caregivers
"Daily Comforts" is a daily dose of inspiration for caregivers. With a helpful index of topics, the book allows caregivers to look for joy, validation, or simple advice whenever they need it.
The book captures the thoughts, feelings, and various emotions that every caregiver faces as they look after a loved one with Alzheimer's.
The book is an excellent comfort for those dealing with the responsibility of caregiving.
Neuroscientist Lisa Genova’s debut novel is an inside look at what it’s like to develop Alzheimer’s through the eyes of Harvard professor Alice Howland.
It’s no surprise "Still Alice" is a favourite of early-stage sufferers and caregivers.
A best-seller for good reason, "Creating Moments" advises caregivers to create simple moments of joy with people who have Alzheimer’s.
As those with Alzheimer's suffer from short-term memory loss, Brackey suggests trying to have "perfect days" is not practical.
By making loved ones with Alzheimer's happy, the feeling of joy will stay in them, even if they can't remember why.
The book offers numerous practical suggestions with some ways to implement personal touches too.
Caring for someone without forfeiting your own health and wellbeing is a real issue for caregivers.
In her clear and concise book, Paula Scott tells Alzheimer's carers precisely what they need to know, including:
- How to improve life quality for the whole family
- How to deal with feelings of guilt and resentment
- Geriatric and dementia-care expert advice
- Reassuring real-life stories
A highly readable insight into the world of someone who has Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The book discusses the various kinds of memory loss and cognitive problems that sufferers experience along their journey and how this affects their everyday life.
Ghent-Fuller also gives practical advice for caring for dementia patients, focusing on understanding their perception of the world.
This book provides a multitude of strategies to reduce stress for caregivers, with valuable insights from professionals and caregivers.
"Caregivers often don't care for their own wellbeing, putting that of the person with Alzheimer’s first. Family carers tend to neglect their own health and report high levels of anxiety and stress."
The workbook helps by providing lots of practical activities to combat stress and encourage self-care.