I’m Still Here

John Zeisel, Ph.D., I’m Still Here – A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone Living with Alzheimer’s, 2009, Avery, New York.  His approach models respect for each individual, compassion, insight, and provides practical advice. This is a highly recommended core resource.

Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s

Joanne Koenig Coste, Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s, A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease, 2003, Mariner Books, Boston, New York.  This is another good practical guide that focuses on the emotional well being of all those involved – the person with Alzheimer’s and caregivers.

The Art of Dementia Care

Daniel Kuhn and Jane Verity, The Art of Dementia Care, 2008, Thomson Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY. This is a very practical and easy to follow guide for people caring for those with dementia. This is a recommended core resource for Meetings and caregivers, also a good resource for professionals working with people with dementia.

Multigenerational – Little Mama Forgets

Robin Cruise with Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen, Little Mama Forgets, 2006, Melanie Kroupa Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.  A grandaughter teaches us to see the light within her grandmother, focusing on what she remembers, rather than what she forgets.  This is a recommended core resource for Meetings, schools and families, especially of those living with memory loss or dementia.

The Validation Breakthrough

Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., The Validation Breakthrough – Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia, Health Professionals Press, Baltimore, Sydney, London. Though this book focuses on Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia, the principles for communication are valid and useful for relationships in general. This is a highly recommended core resource expecially for caregivers and pastoral care providers.