If you are just beginning the journey of caring for an aging parent, especially one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is easy to find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Rest assured, there are a wealth of resources out there to help you navigate through this challenging transition.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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In this New York Times bestselling novel an accomplished Harvard professor and world-renowned  linguistics expert has her world shaken when she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The story follows Alice as she deal with loss of the career she worked so hard to build. As she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful it dramatically changes her relationship with her husband and three children. While a work of fiction, Still Alice, portrays the reality of how living with Alzheimer’s can profoundly change your relationships with those around you. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, whose gripping performance won her an Oscar for Best Actress.

How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris

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Virginia Morris’ highly acclaimed book is an authoritative source of clear information told in a comforting tone. This is a valuable resource for those who find themselves responsible for the care of their aging parents as it covers a wide range of topics, from legal issues to dealing with sibling conflict. The book also includes worksheets to help you proactively gather important information you will need in the future.

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents–and Ourselves by Jane Gross

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The author, who is the founder of The New York Times blog New Old Age, has first-hand experience taking care of an aging parent as she unexpectedly became the caretaker for her 85-year-old mother. Coming from the perspective of both a caregiver and an expert in health care, Jane Gross brings to her writing a wealth of wisdom and empathy.

An Unintended Journey: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia by Janet Yagoda Shagam

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Behind every statistic of an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia are numerous family member and caregivers. Janet Yagoda Shagam is adept at clearly explaining complex medical and scientific subjects. In this book the emotionally sensitive topic of caring for a loved one with dementia is approached from the perspective of those responsible for their care. The author combines personal narrative with thoroughly researched, expert verified content.

Understand Alzheimer’s: A First-Time Caregiver’s Plan to Understand & Prepare for Alzheimer’s & Dementia by Calistoga Press

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Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be frightening and overwhelming. The experts at Calistoga Press are well-respected for unraveling complex and emotionally charged topics in a sensitive and respectful manner. This resource offers a wealth of practical information on how to deal with the daily challenges that come with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s by Greg O’Brien

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Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, tells of living with Alzheimer’s from an insider’s perspective. Diagnosed with the life-altering disease he decided to write about his journey with frank honesty. A master storyteller, his writing is filled with humor, faith and hope.

If you don’t have the time or energy to read and would prefer to talk with someone, the Valley Comfort staff is here to answer your questions. We have years of experience to draw from and we are more than happy to share what we know about caring for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Give us a call at (209) 544-8676 or send us an email at info@valleycomfortinc.com.


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