Books for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (June), Purdue University Press would like to share some stories about Alzheimer’s and aging in addition to books focused on taking charge of your health and environment. 

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

A Return Journey is the result of Susan Matthews Petrovski’s personal journals during her mother’s 8-year Alzheimer’s journey and her correspondence with other Alzheimer’s caregivers kind enough to share their innermost feelings and emotions. Petrovski examines right and wrong choices, which will help those whose Alzheimer’s journey or caregiving journey is just beginning, clearly and wisely explaining that with Alzheimer’s there are no “right” ways, no “best” decisions, and no “perfect” answers.

In Shelved: A Memoir of Aging in America, Sue Petrovski reflects on the move and the benefits and deficits of American for-profit elder care. Petrovski draws on extensive research that demonstrates the cultural value of our elders and their potential for leading vital, creative lives, especially when given opportunities to do so, offering a cogent, well-informed critique of elder care options in this country.

Changing Seasons: A Language Arts Curriculum for Healthy Aging, Revised Edition

Changing Seasons: A Language Arts Curriculum for Healthy Aging is a language-based, interdisciplinary program that increases interaction and communication skills among older adults. Featuring simple step-by-step lesson plans and interactive activities, Changing Seasons is a practical guide for caregivers and health care professionals to ensure individuals sustain their quality of life as they age.

Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey

The beloved best seller has been revised and expanded for the fifth edition. Jolene Brackey has a vision: that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease to focus more of our energies on creating moments of joy. When people have short-term memory loss, their lives are made up of moments. 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

Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

One year shy of her fiftieth wedding anniversary, Dee Hershberger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, Bob, serving as her primary caregiver, kept a journal for the following four and a half years. Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver provides an unflinchingly honest and heartbreaking account of what the couple went through.

This is a brutally raw look at what it is like to lose a loved one to Alzheimer’s, including what the disease does to the patient and the effects it has on loved ones and caregivers. This personal view into caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s will help readers understand the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of the disease, as well as provide support, advice, and hope to anyone in the same situation.

At Wit’s End

Many books delve into other specific areas of Alzheimer’s care, emphasizing the financial and legal challenges, as well as myriad medical treatment needs of those experiencing the disease. Unique among these offerings, At Wit’s End explains the psychiatric and psychological aspects of Alzheimer’s and does so in a holistic and practical manner. Dr. Kraus focuses on the whole person across his or her full social, psychological, physical, and spiritual life to provide as complete a picture as possible of the changes that are in play. 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.

The Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s Proofing Your Home

Written by a practicing architect and gerontologist, The Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s-Proofing Your Home shows you how to create a home environment that will help you cope with the many difficulties associated with Alzheimer’s. This unique book is divided into two sections to provide the most thorough coverage available. Section One deals with interior and exterior spaces individually, providing key information on how to ensure that the Alzheimer’s patient will be safe and secure. Section Two gives a detailed list of potential problems related to Alzheimer’s and practical information on how to cope with those problems in the home setting.

Forget Me Not

Anne Bashkiroff was a pioneer in the fight for Alzheimer’s awareness. Her dear husband, Sasha, suffered for nine years with this terrible brain- and soul-damaging illness. Anne was faced with unanswered questions, economic heartaches, and lonely nights of suffering. 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, Bashkiroff moved to make the world aware of the silent disease. Her strength and dedication led her to help establish the Family Survival Project. In 1979, she testified before First Lady Rosalynn Carter about the needs of caregivers. Bashkiroff turned her inward suffering to outward hope.

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