There are several great documentary series and written literature that can help you to better understand dementia: what it is, what it looks like, and what scientists are doing about it. There are also great novels written about individuals with dementia, and how it affected not only the main character’s life but also the lives of those closest to them.
Here are some highly recommended videos and readings to help you through this process:
- Alzheimer’s Action Plan by P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD and Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- When Your Loved One Has Dementia by Joy A. Glenner
- The 36-Hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins
- Treasures in the Darkness: Extending the Early Stage of Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease by Pat Snyder
HBO Series “The Alzheimer’s Project” http://www.hbo.com/alzheimers/
This particular resource has four excellent videos for you to watch:
- The Memory Loss Tapes
- Grandpa, Do You Know Me?
- Momentum in Science
These documentaries can provide invaluable information for anyone being affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America http://www.alzfdn.org/AboutAlzheimers/diagnosis.html
- Alz, NC www.alznc.org
- Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org
- Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc www.lbda.org
Your local Area Agency on Aging can be one of your greatest resources. If you prefer to speak with someone over the phone or meet face to face, the individuals at the AAA can be a great help for meeting your needs. They can set you up with almost any local service you could want or need, provide expert advice on caregiving, and give you details about upcoming events and information sessions
To locate the contact information for your region, follow the link provided to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services website and click on your county. http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/aaafile.htm#A
If you reside outside of North Carolina you can find your state and local AAA on the National Area Agency on Aging website. Follow the link provided and click on the green map “Find Your Local AAA program” http://www.n4a.org/