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Books, Mags, and Movies

Now that Alzheimer's has finally been recognized as significantly impacting society, an abundance of books, magazines, and movies have been created addressing different aspects of the disease. Consider this your guide to multimedia resources on Alzheimer's.

"The Alzheimer's Action Plan" -- An Alzheimer's Book to Add to Your Library
If you're looking for an Alzheimer's book that you can count on, whether you're needing an accurate diagnosis, a realistic treatment plan, or tips about how to continue to live a full life with Alzheimer's disease, "The Alzheimer's Action Plan" is the book for you.

The ApoE Gene Diet -- A Handbook for Tailoring our Lifestyle to our Genes
In "The ApoE Gene Diet," Pamela McDonald, FA, WHCNP, PNP, FNP, provides valuable information about how the ApoE gene interacts with our diet and environment to affect our risk of developing Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases. Whether or not you decide to undergo ApoE genetic testing, many of her recommendations can help you live a healthier, longer life.

The 2008 Oscar nominations included two Best Actress nods for performances in...
The 2008 Oscar nominations included two Best Actress nods for performances in movies that deal with Alzheimer's disease. Here are eight movies you shouldn't miss that handle the difficult subject of Alzheimer's with grace, dignity, and realism.

"The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's"
"The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's" is a compelling DVD that blends science with the personal stories of several families whose lives have been indelibly affected by Alzheimer's disease.

"The Glass Seed" -- An Alzheimer's Book that Touches the Heart
In this unique Alzheimer's book, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes reflects on her mother's descent into Alzheimer's disease and highlights the complexities inherent in long distance caregiving.

Una Vida -- An Alzheimer's Book About Memory, Hope and New Orleans
Una Vida is a unique book about Alzheimer's disease, memory, hope and the cultural history of New Orleans. Nicolas Bazan, MD, one of the world's premier neuroscientists, wrote this novel in such a way that combines his knowledge of the brain with his love of jazz music and the foods and culture of his home city.

"There is a Bridge" -- A Documentary About Alzheimer's Disease
"There is a Bridge" is a moving documentary about Alzheimer's disease that reminds us that meaningful communication is always possible, and that the essence of a person remains, even in the face of serious illness.

"Alzheimer's Disease: Help and Hope" - An Alzheimer's Book for Caregivers
"Alzheimer's Disease: Help and Hope" is an Alzheimer's book that serves as a practical manual for caregivers. In the book, Jo Huey shares her wisdom about how to approach and respond to difficult situations while caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease.

"Don't Leave Momma Home With The Dog" - A Caregiving Book Based on a True Story
"Don't Leave Momma Home With The Dog" is a caregiving book that is part memoir, part motivational manual. In this book, Jo Huey chronicles her experiences caring for her mother, including how she made the tough decision to move her to a long-term care facility. Huey shares insights on why caregivers do what they do as well as suggestions for how to make good decisions throughout the caregiving journey.

Taking The Mystery Out Of The Medicare Program
"Taking the Mystery out of the Medicare Program" by Sharon Johnson, BSW, is a detailed yet understandable overview of the Medicare program, including tips for choosing the best Medicare program option for you and working effectively with Medicare providers.

Taking The Mystery Out Of Nursing Home Medicaid
"Taking the Mystery out of Nursing Home Medicaid" by Sharon Johnson, BSW, is a concise, practical overview of the nursing home Medicaid program, including little-known tips for how to prepare your Medicaid application to increase your chances of approval.

Taking The Mystery Out Of Advanced Directives
"Taking the Mystery out of Advanced Directives" by Sharon Johnson, BSW, is a succinct, down-to-earth overview of the documents all families should have in place in the event of incapacitating illness.

Taking the Mystery out of Nursing Home Placement
"Taking the Mystery out of Nursing Home Placement" by Sharon Johnson, BSW, is an insider's look at nursing home placement, including real examples of the intricacies and challenges of finding (and staying in) the right nursing home.

Preserving Your Memory Magazine
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation has launched Preserving Your Memory magazine, which offers feature articles on brain health based on the latest scientific research. It also offers advice and resources for those already living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. A free copy is available by visiting the magazine's website.

Today's Caregiver Magazine
Today's Caregiver Magazine offers articles on general caregiving practices and concerns. The bi-monthly publication also features stories from readers and has special editions for Philadelphia and South Florida caregivers.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics
As a service to the community, Merck & Co. makes all of its manuals available online for free. Here's the Merck Manual of Geriatrics in its entirety, updated and chock full of information for families and professionals about conditions affecting older adults and corresponding treatments.

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