I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia


No book review in over a year ≠ no books read in over a year. However, none have truly moved me enough to write about them… until I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia. Though well over 100 pages, I Care is a quick, easy, engaging read that I honestly couldn’t put down. Its co-authors are well known in the field and offer not only insight and guidance, but also real-life stories of caregivers navigating the world of dementia.

One of my favorite things about I Care is the way the authors explain dementia and exactly how it can affect various parts of the brain. They’ve written in a manner that is both informative and easily understood. An awesome analogy, for example:

“[the brain] is a communication network, with neurons being the computers and phones, and the axons and dendrites being the wires and radio signals that allow them to share information.”

Why didn’t our bio professors explain it this way?! Find I Care on Amazon here.

Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal


It’s been too long since I’ve written a book review post! After much anticipation, I finally received former history professor Cary Henderson’s Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journal.

Typically, one cannot receive a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer’s until they’ve passed away and an autopsy is performed. Mr. Henderson, however, was a rare exception; he had had a biopsy for something unrelated and the results confirmed he had the disease. Though no longer able to write, he used a tape recorder to track and share his thoughts. His wife and daughter eventually transcribed his footage and wrote this book, which I was able to finish in a little over an hour.

Partial View contains mostly random, unrelated thoughts; it doesn’t follow a clear path, but is nonetheless informative and definitely provides a glimpse of what an individual with Alzheimer’s is thinking and feeling. It’s a quick, easy read, and though it won’t necessarily change your life, I think it’s worth the hour! Plus, you can find it on Amazon for as cheap as a dollar.

One of my favorite quotes (he keeps you laughing!):
“I did stop going to church. The biggest reason – well, there were two reasons, one of which is that I am not really enamored of a God who creates something like Alzheimer’s and the second is I’m afraid of tripping.”

A Dignified Life

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I am too in love with this book! A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care is absolutely incredible. I must admit that I am biased, though, as its suggestions nearly mirror my own therapeutic approach to geriatric caregiving. The authors describe a refreshing, respectful, mutually beneficial caregiver/patient relationship that fosters trust and relieves anxieties. Aside from being extremely well-written, its combination of anecdotes and recommendations offer hope and strengthen optimisim.

Surviving Alzheimer’s

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I’ve quoted a lot of Paula Spencer Scott, so it’s about time I review her book Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers. The advice included in this helpful paperback draw from various sources in the field, as well as from personal experience. Despite a good amount of spelling/grammatical errors and a messy layout that can be a bit all “over the place,” it’s definitely been a helpful resource. Find it on Amazon here.