More Knowledge, Better Care.
We know caring for a loved one with dementia is a big undertaking, and you may have many questions throughout the various stages of the disease. Alongside the advice and expertise of our dementia care professionals, the internet is a great tool full of valuable resources and helpful information. When using online research to help facilitate your decision-making process, always consult with family, friends and health care professionals you trust.
Recommended Readings & Movies
- Alzheimer's: A handbook for the Caretaker - Eileen H. Driscoll
This manual is a very enlightening study of the person with Alzheimer’s Disease. It gives the reader an overview on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis, with many fine resources and the material is simplified in terms that most people can understand.
- You Can Heal Your Heart - Louise Hay and David Kessler
This book is about healing after loss. It discusses the emotions and thoughts that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. It will help you develop greater self-awareness and compassion, providing you with the courage and tools to face many other types of losses and challenges, such as saying good-bye to a beloved pet, losing your job, coming to terms with a life-threatening illness or disease, and much more.
- I’m Still Here: A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone Living with Alzheimer’s - John Zeisel
This book is a much needed glass half-full look at the disease that shows how to connect with someone through the fog of dementia and build a relationship with the person within.
- Alzheimer’s: A Beautiful Spirit Celebrated by Linn Possell
People with dementia can thrive and have a wonderful quality of life when we believe in this possibility, recognize their spiritual energy, and give them the opportunity to live their lives in an environment that is nurturing and responsive to their needs. This book will help the reader begin to rethink what is possible for their loved one and for their own life.
- Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease by The Alzheimer’s Experts at Mayo Clinic
This book includes information about what to expect with typical aging and what are the earliest signs of abnormal aging. Characteristic features of each stage of the Alzheimer’s disease process. Latest research on diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’ Disease and non-Alzheimer’s forms of dementia including frontotemporal degeneration, dementia with Lewy bodies and vascular cognitive impairment.
- Dementia Guide for Faith Communities and Leaders by Rev. Linn Possell and Teepa Snow
This guide helps faith communities and their leaders understand some of the issues that individuals face when living with dementia due to the degenerative process in the brain. This information will empower clergy to help individuals affected and guide their congregations away from fear and toward peace in realizing that while the body may be affected, the spirit continues to be whole and beautiful just as God created it.
- The Art of Being a Healing Presence A Guide for Those in Caring Relationships by James E. Miller with Susan C. Cutshall
Learn how to make a difference in the lives of others by being present in a way that is healing, nurturing, and potentially even transforming. Discover what’s both natural and surprising about this process, including how it affects your life as well. Use the insights presented here in your professional responsibilities, with your volunteer work, and as a friend and family member.
- Movie - Away From Her Featuring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, and Olympia Dukakis.
Married for almost 50 years Grant and Fiona appear to have an unwavering commitment to each other. This serenity is broken by Fiona’s increasingly evident memory loss. For a while, the couple is able to casually dismiss these unwelcome changes, but when neither Fiona nor her husband can deny any longer that she is being consumed by her disease, the couple is forced to wrenchingly redefine the limits of their love and loyalty and face the complex, inevitable transition from husband and wife to strangers.
- Movie - Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me
In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks, instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a Goodbye Tour. The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease using live, laughter, and music as their medicine of choice.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving - http://www.rosalynncarter.org/dementia_webinars/
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth - http://www.dffw.org/
Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas - https://alz.org/northcentraltexas
Age Friendly Fort Worth - http://fortworthtexas.gov/age-friendly-fort-worth/