Exploring Alzheimer's

Exploring Alzheimer's

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Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts

Mo Johnson, a faded 1970s soul star living in Baltimore, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and takes his troubled teenage son on a road trip to visit his dying father. The story unfolds like a movie, going from rural 1940s Mississippi to present-day Las Vegas; this bold, spirited novel will stick with you.

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What's Happening To Grandpa? by Maria Shriver J SHR.M

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. With special insight derived from her own father's struggle with Alzheimer's, Maria Shriver offers a touching and optimistic story that encourages awareness, acceptance, and dialogue among family and friends.

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Dancing With Rose: Finding Life In The Land Of Alzheimer's by Lauren Kessler 362.1968 K42d

Kessler, whose own mother died of Alzheimer's, attempts a journalistic approach to the life of a caregiver, only to discover a deep respect and admiration for the patients and overworked, underpaid, and humor-possessing employees at the Alzheimer's facility where she works.

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Elegy For Iris by John Bayley B M974B

A beautifully written tribute to marriage and to his wife’s brilliance, the husband of writer Iris Murdoch captures the ineffable mystery and fascination that she has exerted on both him and her readers and chronicles her struggle with Alzheimer's. As she struggled with the final stages of the disease, Bayley published Iris And Her Friends: A Memoir Of Memory And Desire.

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Flowers For Grandpa Dan: A Gentle Story To Help Children Understand Alzheimer's Disease by Connie McIntyre JE MCI.C

This book has a hopeful message that while a person may change, their love for their family and their family’s love for them does not. This book would be a good way for parents who are struggling with how to introduce the topic of Alzheimer's disease to young children.

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The House On Beartown Road: A Memoir Of Learning And Forgetting by Elizabeth Cohen 362.19683 C67h

As Cohen’s infant daughter grows and develops, her father deteriorates with the effects of Alzheimer's. This memoir of her caring for both will strike a chord with many caregivers. Another moving memoir of caring for parents and children together is Mother In The Middle: A Biologist's Story Of Caring For Parent And Child by Sybil Lockhart.

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The Long Goodbye by Patti Davis 973.927 D26L

Ronald Reagan lost a very public battle with Alzheimer's, and in this memoir, his daughter remembers him as an actor, a politician, and, most importantly, her father. A touching, relatable story.

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What's Wrong With Grandma?: A Family's Experience With Alzheimer's by Margaret Shawver J SHA.M

Seen through the eyes of young Ellen, this is one family's journey through the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Ellen expresses frustration, sadness, and even anger at Grandma's peculiar behavior.

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

In the present, an elderly man reads from a notebook to a woman who does not seem to know him. In 1930s North Carolina, young lovers are kept apart by disapproving families – and suddenly, the woman remembers. This tear-jerker was made into a hit movie.

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Pop by Gordon Korman

Sixteen-year-old Marcus Jordan moves to a new town where he befriends retired football great Charlie. But Charlie is the father of Marcus’s rival, and his odd behavior is caused by early onset Alzheimer's, which was caused by his many football insjuries. A touching story for teens and adults alike, whether or not you like football.

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Figuring out Frances by Gina Willner-Pardo J WIL.G

Ten-year-old Abigail's life is changing. Her mother wants her to be more feminine. Her friend Marlene wishes she was more competitive. When her best friend, Travis, hurts her feelings at school, she is most able to identify with her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, realizing how frightening confusion and loss of identity must be.

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Alice’s Alzheimer's diagnosis throws her life as a Harvard psychologist off-balance, and she struggles for meaning and purpose as her family struggles with watching her slip away. The author is a neuroscientist, and Booklist says this novel is “an ideal primer for anyone touched by Alzheimer's.”

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Fireflies, Peach Pies, & Lullabies by Virginia L. Kroll JE KRO.V

After Great-Granny Annabel dies of Alzheimer's disease, Francie gathers memories held by Annabel's friends and family and shares them with everyone at the funeral.

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