Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel, life-changing illness that no one should have to endure. For the person receiving the diagnosis, there are intense feelings of anxiety, anger and depression over not knowing what the future will bring. On top of that, they struggle to give up control over decision-making and admit they need help. For the caregiver, stress mounts as their role continues to change as their loved one’s illness progresses. Plus, being a caregiver while still tending to their own needs is a tough juggling act to master.
At Leigh Hilton PLLC, we ensure the clients we work with know they are not alone and that there is help available. Our team of estate planning and elder law attorneys is prepared to help families work together to take the important steps now to protect their loved ones later. We are also huge proponents of surrounding yourself with resources and advice that extend beyond the services we provide.
To that end, we have compiled a list of 10 books we recommend for those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
(Hint: Two of them were written by yours truly!)
The Barbara Broyle’s Alzheimer’s Playbook by Frank Broyles — A short guide
to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, available in nine languages.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with Disease
by Joanne Koenig Coste — A guide for families coming to terms with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir by Martha Stetinus — A daughter’s
personal memoir of caregiving for a mother with dementia.
The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s or a Related
Illness by Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins — The classic guide
to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease by Patricia Calzone — A guidebook for caring
for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
You’re Not Alone: Living as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Leigh Hilton — A guide
for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
You’re Not Alone: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease by Leigh Hilton — A guide
for those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss by Prudence Twigg & Sandy
Burgener — Advice for people who are themselves living with a memory disorder
Swimming Solo: A Daughter’s Memoir of Her Parents, His Parents,
and Alzheimer’s Disease by Susan Rava.
Surviving Normal by Sonja Brewer — A journal written over a seven-year
span about caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s.
Call Leigh Hilton PLLC today!!
It is helpful to keep in mind that chronic diseases and chronic illnesses have a way of changing relationships for so many reasons and in so many ways. Roadmaps such as the tools mentioned above can be helpful, but they are not easy initially and will require patience and practice. At Leigh Hilton PLLC in Denton, we have sat in awe of clients who manage to juggle so much for themselves and loved ones. Our goal was to build a practice with a team of professionals who work together to have your back at all times – whether that means putting steps in place to protect you and your loved ones or offering practical advice. Leigh Hilton PLLC wants to be your first call every time for any estate planning or elder law need. We look forward to serving you.