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Alzheimer’s Books: The Being Patient Reading List Pt. 3

By Athena Hellmann | October 30th, 2020

Being Patient helps to create clarity around Alzheimer’s, dementia and related complex brain health issues by connecting our community of readers directly with trusted experts. In doing so, we do quite a bit of reading. Here’s a peek at what’s in our library. 

In Our Library: Cognitive Health and Alzheimer’s Books

1. Dr. Gary Small: The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young

Brain health booksDr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Dr. Small is also the co-author of The Longevity Bible: 8 Essential Strategies for Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Your Body Young (Hachette Books, 2006) and The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease (Humanix Books, 2020). His upcoming book, The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young (Hachette Go, 2021), outlines innovative memory exercises, a brain fitness program, a “brain diet” of memory-enhancing foods, a list of the most effective drugs, and a workbook with a weekly and daily calendar. 

Read on: Being Patient spoke with Dr. Small about the science behind the drug curcumin and how it can improve your memory.

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2. Trish Laub: A Most Meaningful Life: My Dad and Alzheimer’s

Trish LaubTrish Laub‘s expertise is derived from the full-time care of her parents. Through her personal experience, Laub became an expert on the topics of Alzheimer’s, dignified care, and end of life arrangements. She is the author of the Comfort in Their Journey book series: A Most Meaningful Life: My Dad and Alzheimer’s (Comfort in Their Journey, Book 1), Peaceful Endings: Guiding the Walk to the End of Life and Beyond (Comfort in Their Journey, Book 2), and Through the Rabbit Hole: Navigating the Maze of Providing Care (Comfort in Their Journey, Book 3)

Read on: Laub shares her personal experiences with Being Patient in her series about how words matter.

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3. Valter Longo: The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight

Lifestyle changesValter Longo, PhD, is a professor of gerontology and biological sciences and director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California-Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. In his book, The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight (Avery 2018), Longo lays out a simple solution to living healthy by combining an everyday eating plan with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet – proven to promote rejuvenation in multiple organs to significantly reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Read on: Being Patient spoke with Longo about his research showing how fasting can help slow down aging.

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4. Rudolph Tanzi: Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

Brain health booksRudolph Tanzi, PhD, is the vice chair of neurology and director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Along with Depak Chopra, a prominent figure in the New Age movement, Tanzi has co-authored Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being (Harmony, 2013), Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being (Harmony, 2017) and The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life (Harmony, 2020). He is also the co-author of Decoding Darkness: The Search For The Genetic Causes Of Alzheimer’s Disease (Basic Books 2000), a story of his work and that of many others who have gradually pieced together an understanding of why Alzheimer’s occurs.

Read on: Being Patient spoke with Tanzi about his research on why some people get Alzheimer’s while others are protected.

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5. Paulette Bochnig Sharkey: A Doll for Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease

A Doll for Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer's Disease: Paulette Bochnig Sharkey, Samantha Woo, Samantha Woo: 9781506457383: Amazon.com: BooksPaulette Bochnig Sharkey turned to writing after a career as a librarian. She is the author of A Doll for Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease (Beaming Books 2020), which tells the story of a girl’s empathy and kindness in the face of her grandmother’s progressing dementia. The picture book was written for children grappling with their changing relationship with a family member who has Alzheimer’s. The book also includes a special page of information on helping children understand the disease, written by Judy Cornish, the founder of the Dementia and Alzheimer’s WellBeing Network.

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5. Dr. Dale Bredesen: The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's bookDr. Dale Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in neurodegenerative diseases. He is the author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline (Avery 2017), in which he offers hope to anyone looking to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline through lifestyle modifications. He is also the author of The End of Alzheimer’s Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age (Avery 2020), which outlines a specific plan to help everyone prevent and reverse cognitive decline, or simply maximize brain power.

Read on: Being Patient spoke with Dr. Bredesen about his research on lifestyle changes that may help slow cognitive decline.

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For more cognitive health, dementia and Alzheimer’s books we love and trust, check out our reading list.

Being Patient is an editorially independent source of journalism funded by grants and donations from readers like you. This article contains Amazon Affiliate Links. Using these links to make a purchase helps us continue publishing. 

Contact Athena Hellmann at athena@beingpatient.com

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