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Selected Readings for Caregiving and Hospice

By Charles Garfield
Jossey Bass/Aha Press Series 1995
Price: $17.00

Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS"
Although written for the caregivers of Aids patients this book is filled with compelling, real life vignettes of a caregiver's physical, emotional and spiritual challenges when being confronted with another person's dying.

By Alexandra Kennedy
Threshold Books, 1984
Price: $12.48

Losing a Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living"
A psychotherapist writes about her personal journey from loss to transformation, offering numerous self-help exercises for gaining insight and inner peace into one's journey through grief.

By Scott Eberle
Lost Borders Press, 1999
Price: $15.56

The Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live
A compassionately written book by a Hospice physician in Northern California about his friend’s death.

By Steven Levine
Anchor Press, 1989
Price: $10.17

Who Dies
Like a bible that you can always come back to for your own insight and inspiration

By Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
Poseidon Press, 1992
Price: $14.90

Final Gifts
Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. Two Hospice nurses offer insights into the experience of dying.

By Kathleen Dowling Singh
Harper Collins, 1998
Price: $12.47

The Grace of Dying
How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die. A book well being written by a hospice social worker.

Selected Readings for Individuals with Dementia

Richard Taylor
Health Professions Press, 2004
Price: $13.57

Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out
A retired psychologist chronicles his feelings and experiences of having Alzheimer’s disease.

Robert Davis
Tyndale House Publications, 1989
Price: $9.99

My Journey Into Alzheimer’s Disease
Robert Davis, a retired minister, writes about his personal and spiritual journey through Alzheimer’s disease. This book also includes chapters written by his caregiver wife.

Christine Bryden
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005
Price: $17.95

Dancing With Dementia: My Story Of Living Positively With Dementia
Diagnosed with dementia at the young age of 46, the author gives a vivid account of what it is like to live with progressive memory loss.

Thomas Graboys, MD
Union Square Press, 2008
Price: $13.57

Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia
Written from the unique perspective of being both a physician and a patient, the author tells his personal story of how he has handled different aspects of the disease.

Selected Readings for Family Members and Caregivers of People with Dementia

Ms. Nancy L. Mace, M.A., and Dr. Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
Johns Hopkins Press, 4th edition, 2006
Price: $11.53

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life, 4th Edition
Practical and easy to understand information is offered to caregivers on caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease.

Joanne Koenig Coste
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Price: $9.72

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's
Interweaving her personal experience of caring for her husband and 20 years of helping Alzheimer’s families, the author offers practical tips on how to support people with dementia.