Until recently, families confronted with Alzheimer’s disease had little access to information and support as there were few resources. While there were academic research reports on the origins and symptoms of the disease, there were few books that addressed the caregiving challenges that Alzheimer’s patients present. Fortunately, the literature has begun to reflect the reality of the increase in Alzheimer’s caregiving families. A growing number of new books have been published to assist the Alzheimer’s family.
The following is an overview of selected books relating to Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. These books were chosen for inclusion because they were especially helpful either in providing information about successful care and management techniques, or in providing information from other caregivers who are experiencing similar challenges and emotions. The books are topically organized in an effort to assist the potential caregiver to find those books that will be of the most help in addressing their particular challenge. The first group of books include those which approach the subject of Alzheimer’s disease from the professional point of view and provide information related to symptoms, treatment and behavioral strategies. The second group of books include those which explore the genetic foundations of the disease. While slightly more technical, caregivers can find valuable information about their family’s risks of contracting the disease. The third group of