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Recommended Books

Elderwerks recommended books to help you understand the transitioning needs of seniors. 


This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

By Ashton Applewhite

People are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. The vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. The older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? That the 20th century’s astonishing leap in life expectancy is a disaster-in-the making? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people.

How Do I Know You? A Caregiver's Lifesaver for Dealing with Dementia

By C. Charlotte Bishop and Steven R. Steiber
A family crisis doesn’t make an appointment. Therefore, you’ve got to be ready when it shows up. In excess of 8 million Americans have some form of dementia, As a caregiver to a loved one with dementia, it can wear you down, stress you, worry you and make you sad. It may create a financial hardship for you or your loved one. It can become your other full-time job. And it can burn you out!  

Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease: A Powerful Process of Transformation

By Robyn Yale 

 People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, yet they typically receive no personalized education or support following the diagnosis. Counseling empowers them to understand and come to terms with the illness while also learning to manage and make healthy adaptations to it. 
Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion

Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion:  Life After Loss

By Elaine Soloway

Early in 2009, after more than a decade of marriage, Elaine Soloway's husband, Tommy, began to change—exhibiting inappropriate behaviors at times, becoming inexplicably weepy at others. More troublesome, he began to have difficulty finding words. Ultimately, Tommy’s doctors discovered that he had frontotemporal degeneration—a diagnosis that explained Tommy’s baffling symptoms and transformed Soloway from irritated wife to unflappable, devoted caregiver in one fell swoop. In Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion Soloway documents Tommy’s deteriorating health and eventual death, shedding light on the day-to-day realities of those who assume the caregiver role in a relationship with uncompromising honesty and wry humor. Charming, frank, and ultimately uplifting, Soloway’s story reveals how rich with love and appreciation a life compromised by an incurable illness can be—and how even widowhood can open a door to a new, invigorated life.

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Alzheimer's and the Practice of Law

About 4-5 million people in the United States have some degree of dementia, and Alzheimer's is the most common form. This timely new resource gives lawyers the information they need to understand both the law and the emotions of working with a client who has Alzheimer's disease. You'll find valuable information on:
  • The ethics of working with clients with Alzheimer's
  • Health care options and how they affect the patient, the family and spouse
  • The long-term legal outlook, and protecting the family assets
  • and much, much more!
This ground-breaking book will provide the knowledge you need to answer client questions, and guide them through the arduous journey of dealing with dementia. The book also includes interviews with doctors, a hospice nurse, and the leaders of the Alzheimer's Association.

By Kerry Peck, Rick Law

The Caregiver's Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing Yourself

The Caregiver's Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing Yourself

One in four families in the U.S. is caring for parents or other senior relatives-and 72% of the primary caregivers in these families are women. This book is written for those 16 million women who are part of the "sandwich generation"-caught between the needs of their elderly relatives and their young families. These women often feel invisible, their own needs unobserved and unappreciated by those around them.

By Alexis Abramson


The 24 Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer's

A wife taking care of her husband who has early onset Alzheimer's Disease writes a book to help others with the disease.
By Cheryl Levin-Folio 


The Eldercare Handbook

A guide to help prepare you for your transitioning parents through all aspects of senior housing.

By Stella Henry and Ann Convery


They're Your Parents, Too!

How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy

By Francine Russo


Senior Housing 101

Your basic field guide to understanding today's complex senior housing market.

By Randalynn Kaye, CMP


The Case Manager's Handbook, Third Edition

The ultimate how-to guide for Case Managers. It is designed to define good case management, examine the process and present practical procedural information.

By Catherine Mullahy

Students Study Guide for The Case Manager's Handbook

By Catherine Mullahy