Living your best with early-stage Alzheimer’s : an essential guide

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Lisa Snyder
Title:  Living your best with early-stage Alzheimer’s : an essential guide
Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s is different from most of the books about Alzheimer’s disease because it directly addresses the person who has the disease.  It is a thorough but easy to read guide for coping with the symptoms as well as the emotions of an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  It covers topics such as when to stop driving, informing others of your disease, whether or not you can live alone, accepting help, staying active, family relationships, friendships, exercise, nutrition, planning for the future, support groups, treatments and therapies, etc. . The unique situation of those with early-onset Alzheimer’s (those who get the disease at a younger age) is also addressed.  The book also includes tips from those actually living with the disease.

I would readily recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s, as well as their family and friends.

Joggin’ Your Noggin

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Mary Randolph
Title: Joggin’ Your Noggin
Joggin’ Your Noggin is a book of word games designed for those in mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These mind sharpening games will provide fun and entertainment, while aiding word recall. Completing these puzzles will give the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient a sense of pride and accomplishment. If done together with a caregiver, it will provide many opportunities for meaningful conversation and interaction. There are 3 volumes in this series.

Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Matthew Schneider
Title:  Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend
This is a picture book specifically created for memory-impaired adults and is designed to be used in a shared reading experience with a family member, caregiver or friend.  It is not a continuous story – each set of pages has it’s own story and picture, so the book can be read a little at a time or all at once. The print is large, the language is simple and the pictures of dogs and their owners are delightful.  The back of the book has conversation starters for each set of pages, as well as activity ideas. The front of the book includes interaction guidelines for the caregiver.  This book can be an effective tool for building connections with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello – The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care

From  Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Tom & Karen Brenner
Title:  You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello – The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care
You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello is an amazing book.  It is short and easy to understand, but full of encouragement and wonderful ideas to help the caregiver connect with and care for the dementia patient.  The book is philosophical, yet immensely practical.

The authors  do not sugar-coat the disease but show how a change of mindset and methods can improve the quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver.

Tom and Karen Brenner combined  his background in gerontology and hers as a Montesorri educator to come up with this inspiring method of dementia care.  The basic principles and specific ideas set forth in this book are brought to life with the telling of individual stories of patients they have worked with.

Before I Go to Sleep

From Caryn Eve Murray
author: Watson, S.J.
 Before I Go to Sleep
 This is a debut novel about memory loss that, perhaps ironically, turns out to be unforgettable. The protagonist, herself a debut novelist, suffers amnesia that permits her to remember her activities throughout the day but the slate is wiped clean each morning when she awakens. Her paranoia, both real and imagined, coupled with her very real sense of not knowing the details of her own life and loss set the stage for what is more psychological thriller than sentimental look at one woman’s lack of nostalgia. The true, violent circumstances of her lost memory are ultimately what redeem her, but not before the reader gets unsettled too, in some effective twists and turns.

Menopause matters : your guide to a long and healthy life

From Lola Ferris
author: Schlam Edelman, Julia
Menopause matters : your guide to a long and healthy life
If you are confused by the many contradictory and misleading sound
bites about women’s health, you will find this book a refreshing change.
Dr. Edelman is a specialist in menopause, and her advice is a welcome alternative.
Her book, based on respected research studies, covers the full
spectrum of topics important to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, memory loss, mood changes, depression and hormone replacement therapy, among other issues.
“Menopause Matters” provides clear explanations of anatomy and
includes prevention strategies for lowering the risks of osteoporosis and cancer. It helps empower you to become active in your own health decisions, together with your doctor.
Reading this book will put you on the road to a happier, healthier
life.