Helpful Books for Dementia Caregivers

by | May 11, 2021 | Featured Resource, Resources

Select from a list of books available to dementia caregivers.
We have gathered a list of helpful books for dementia caregivers. These books may be the perfect tool to get you and your family and friends talking about the Alzheimer’s journey and how you can support each other during this challenging season.
 
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If you live in the United States and are caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia (or if you know someone who is providing care), we want to send you a free book. Please use the form below to request a free book.

Currently, we have the following book available free to dementia caregivers:

  • “Creating Moments of Joy, 5th Edition” … one of our personal favorites, a practical and hopeful book filled with practical tips for a variety of situations. By Jolene Brackey.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Looking for care guidance in caring for my 94-year-old granny who has progessing dementia/Alzheimer’s signs but never been diagnosed professionally.

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    • Eric Kolb

      Your love for your granny is so sweet, and that love will help guide your care for her. We suggest doing what you can to make her feel comfortable and confident, focusing on her best long-term memories. We’re sending you a copy of “Second Forgetting” and we think the book will help and encourage you on your journey.

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  2. Sandra Bernier

    My 91 year old mother is resentful without cause with people in her social circle. She is having false memories that feed her anger and resentment. My father is her caregiver and is having difficulty dealing with her attitude with their friends from church. I’m looking for sources for guidance for him.

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    • Eric Kolb

      We’re so sorry. Behavioral changes can be a great burden to caregivers. Friends from church could be a great source of support if they are able to understand what is going on with their friend now living with dementia. “Creating Moments of Joy” provides real examples and practical advice. “Second Forgetting” is also filled with practical advice, especially within the context of a church community.

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  3. sherry

    I am nurse who works on a Dementia unit. Looking for information to give our family’s as a form as extra support.

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    • eric@songsandsmiles.com

      Thanks for the care you provide. We mailed you copies of The 36-Hour Day and Creating Moments of Joy.

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  4. Andrea

    Hello, I’m seeking suggestions of a GPS (not a medical alert system). Something to put in my mom’s purse or on her housekey keyring. Something I can track from my Android and/or from my father’s iPhone. She has moderate dementia, no longer drives, but walks to chapel within her residential campus.
    Thank you!
    Andrea

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  5. Kolleen Wells

    My 86 year old Mother has undiagnosed dementia. My father passed in 2018 but she insists he is still alive. She frequently goes outside to wait for him to pick her up for some outing. I am looking for ways to keep her safely in the house, especially at night. Any suggestions?

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    • eric@songsandsmiles.com

      Thank you for the love and care you are providing your mother. This is a challenging situation, to be sure. You might try a special door lock. Here’s an option from The Alzheimer’s Store that gets good reviews: https://www.alzstore.com/confounding-door-lock-w-key-p/0248.htm But, the most important thing you can do is to do your best to make her feel safe and secure. You will need to learn to live in her truth. It’s no use telling her that her husband is on the way, and it will only be upsetting if you remind her that he is no longer living. Instead, try giving plausible explanations of why he might be delayed. Where does she think he is? Is he stuck at work? Is he traveling? Is he out bowling with the guys? We’re sending you a copy of “Creating Moments of Joy.” Be sure to check out the chapters called “Live Their Truth” and “The Facts Are All Off.” And always, let love be your guide. Think about what your mother is feeling. I’m guessing she loves her husband and misses him dearly. Try saying things like, “I know you love [use his name or what she called him] so much. I’d like to hear about how the two of you first met.”

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Author Bio: Eric and his wife, Sheryl, founded Songs & Smiles to support families during the Alzheimer's journey. He loves singing and smiling and helping people living with dementia connect with beautiful memories.

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