How do I talk to my loved one with Alzheimer's disease?
Recommended Books and Websites

Five Helpful Books

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery by Anne Brown Rodgers of the National Institutes of Health – This free publication is an excellent starting point to begin learning more about dementia and caregiving. You can download it on the National Institutes of Health website (and save your money to help pay for health care).
  2. The 36-Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace, MA and Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH – The classic from Johns Hopkins University Press. It is the most frequently recommended book by medical professionals and most trusted resource book by caregivers. The other popular guidebook is the Mayo Clinic Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. Understanding Difficult Behaviors by Anne Robinson, Beth Spencer, Laurie White
  4. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s by Joanne Koenig Coste
  5. The Forgetting Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic by David Shenk

Six Helpful Websites

  2. com/health/alzheimers-disease
Other Recommended Resource Sites
  1. Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
  2. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:Supporting individuals confronting dementia, and providing resources to their caregivers and families
  3. National Institute on Aging: For the general public and health professionals, a lot of consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics important to older people and their families.

TED Talk:  Alzheimer’s is not normal aging — and we can cure it with Research Scientist Samuel Cohen


So much turns on a whisper, like “I love you” or “goodbye.”