Books on Health and Aging

From a memoir on navigating America’s elder care system to the go-to resources on living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Purdue University Press has a timely and useful collection of books on the experience of aging in America.


Life with Parkinson’s Disease


The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones

by Lianna Marie


The Complete Guide serves as the go-to book for comprehensive, easy-to-understand information for all Parkinson’s patients and their loved ones. A trained nurse and primary caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Lianna Marie draws upon over twenty years of education, research, and direct experience.


Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s Disease

by Lianna Marie


Caregivers for those with Parkinson’s disease do the utmost for their loved ones, often neglecting their own health in the process.  This book is not just about caring for a loved one, but also about taking care of yourself, providing an essential resource for all caregivers of those with Parkinson’s disease.



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Healthy Aging and Elder Care

Shelved: A Memoir of Aging in America

by Sue Petrovski


Shelved provides readers with a personal account of what it is like to leave a family home and enter a new world where everyone is old and where decisions like where to sit in the dining room fall to low-level corporate managers. Showcasing the benefits of communal living as well as the frustrations of having decisions about meals, public spaces, and governance driven by the bottom line, Petrovski delivers compelling suggestions for the transformation of the elder care system.

Changing Seasons: A Language Arts Curriculum for Healthy Aging

by Denise Calhoun


In Changing Seasons, Denise Calhoun provides a language-based, interdisciplinary program to help older adults improve their communication skills. The activities in the book promote meaningful interactions and the creation of a stimulating environment, underscoring the importance of sustaining quality of life as we and those we love age.



Memoirs and Guides on Alzheimer’s


Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey: A Guide for Families and Caregivers, Fifth Edition, Revised and Expanded

by Jolene Brackey


Creating Moments of Joy is filled with practical advice for those impacted my Alzheimer’s disease, and sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor. We are not able to create perfectly wonderful days for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments, moments that put a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes. Five minutes later, they will not remember what we did or said, but the feeling that we left them with will linger.


At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians, Second Edition

by George Kraus


A straightforward summary of leading advice for understanding and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, written without technical jargon and impractical nuance. With this broad, thoughtful, and grounded approach, family members, clinicians, and caregivers are better able to discover and make wise choices from a wealth of effective interventions in all areas of care. It also allows them to care for themselves and their families in the dynamic and supportive care process.


A Return Journey: Hope and Strength in the Aftermath of Alzheimer’s

by Sue Petrovski


A Return Journey draws on journals the author kept as a caregiver during her mother’s eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s, and on her correspondence with other caregivers who were kind enough to share their innermost feelings and emotions. Petrovski clearly and wisely explains that in Alzheimer’s care there are no “right” ways, no “best” decisions, no “perfect” answers.


Forget-Me-Not: A Memoir of Anne Bashkiroff’s Alzheimer’s Crusade

by Gail Holland and Anne Bashkiroff


Anne Bashkiroff was a pioneer in the fight for Alzheimer’s awareness. The consequences of Alzheimer’s and the extended burden the disease places on families and caregivers was not fully known in the 1970s. Instead of giving up after her husband’s diagnosis with the disease, Bashkiroff moved to make the world aware. Her strength and dedication led her to help establish the Family Survival Project.



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