Alzheimer's & Dementia | What We're Reading

What We're Reading: Alzheimer's & Dementia

SYNERGY HomeCare is placing Family Resources at the forefront this year, in fact we've got our very own Guide to Elder Caregiving which can help you answer some questions your family may have concerning next steps for care arrangements for elder loved ones. Our goal is to have new topics for you each month with books, videos or other media we find that you can turn to for some relief to new life changes.

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This month we have made a selection of books we find helpful on the topic of Alzheimer's & Dementia available for purchase on From talking to your little ones, to learning what others around your age have done to cope with similar changes in their families.

Jans Story Love Lost To The Long Goodbye Of AlzheimersJan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's

by Barry Petersen, Katie Couric

When CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen married the love of his life twenty-five years ago, he never thought his vow, “until death do us part,” would have an expiration date. But Early Onset Alzheimer's claimed Jan Petersen, Barry’s beautiful wife, at 55, leaving her unable to remember Barry or their life together.

An Early WinterAn Early Winter

by Marion Dane Bauer

Tim is distressed to learn that his mom, new stepfather, and grandmother are sure Granddad has Alzheimer's disease. Refusing to accept the possibility that they may be right, Tim persuades Granddad to run away with him on a fishing trip, convinced this will prove that Granddad is still capable of taking care of himself. But on the way to the lake, Granddad keeps forgetting things: their equipment, the soft drinks, even how to make change at the roadside store. When Granddad can't get them out of a dangerous situation on the water but instead makes the problem worse, Tim finally realizes his grandfather has changed . . . but his awareness may have come too late. Well-developed characters and page-turning suspense ensure that this riveting yet poignant novel will hold readers captive.

Grandmas CobwebsGrandma's Cobwebs

by Ann Frantti

Claire's parents teach her facts about Alzheimer's disease. They don't, however, pay much attention to how Claire is feeling about the changes in her grandmother's behavior.

Claire tells her friends silly stories about Grandma to make them laugh. Afterwards she feels guilty, gets in a fight and is grounded.

While she is grounded, Claire realizes that Grandma, who was the best grandmother in the world before she developed Alzheimer's disease, is still the best grandmother in the world.

Grandma's Cobwebs helps children understand the physical and emotional aspects of Alzheimer's disease. Grandma's Cobwebs, also, introduces the Three R's of Alzheimer's disease: Relax, Remember and Respect. An educational supplement of questions and answers for children about Alzheimer's disease is included with Grandma's Cobwebs.

The Graduation Of Jake MoonThe Graduation of Jake Moon

by Barbara Park

Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own.
Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens. Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him?

Grandpa Has ChangedGrandpa Has Changed

by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (Author), Marta Febrega (Illustrator)

Live and Learn is a series of sensitively-written picture storybooks that take a child's point of view--especially the view of those kids who need encouragement in the face of some emotional or physical difficulty. In this story, a little boy and his sister are sad and occasionally confused as they recognize that their beloved grandfather has changed. He often forgets things--and sometimes he even forgets where he is. Mom explains to the kids that Grandpa is suffering from Alzheimer's. Before long, the children discover that Grandpa loves them as much today as he always has, and that they can still enjoy happy times together. Following the story are four pages of suggested activities that relate to its theme plus a two-page section that offers advice to parents.

Whats Wrong With GrandpaWhat's Wrong With Grandpa?: a children's story about Alzheimer's disease

by Danielle Sara Cohen

This is the true story of a young girl’s loving relationship with her grandfather. He is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ten-year-old Daisy is heartbroken as she sees how her grandfather is changing. He becomes confused and forgetful while playing their favorite games. It is through Daisy’s love and tenderness that we see this grandfather-granddaughter relationship undergo a beautiful transformation. This book is intended to bring comfort and inspiration to other children whose loved ones are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Whats Happening To GrandpaWhat's Happening to Grandpa?

by Maria Shriver (Author), Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)

Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling - but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him - and herself - cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.

Creating Moments Of Joy For The Person With Alzheimers Or DementiaCreating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers

by Jolene Brackey

Jolene Brackey has a vision. A vision that will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. But if you think about it, our memory is made up of moments, too. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with someone who has dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment; a moment that puts a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eye, or triggers a memory. Five minutes later, they won't remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.