Summer's Here and So is Our Reading List

June 15, 2023

It's summer so of course we need a reading list! Whether you're lying on a beach, spending time with a loved one struggling with cognitive decline, or just want some tools for bringing laughter to all your relationships, these books can help. They are each brimming with heartfelt stories of perseverance, the search for joy and practical ideas for finding it.

Creative Care by Anne Basting

For anyone with a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia and wants to stay connected through all stages of cognitive decline, this is a must have book. It has specific suggestions on how to find joyful shared moments where you might not think it possible. Basting is a MacArthur Fellow and passionate about the healing arts!

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Elegantly written with soul and compassion. Gawande wrote this meticulously researched deep dive in to caring for the dying with tremendous heart and grace. It's a book about dying that's not a bummer - in fact it's inspiring.

Take My Spouse, Please by Dani Klein Modisett

Have to include this book I researched and wrote proving my suspicion that couples who laugh together stay together. You don't have to be married to enjoy it, just curious about learning some key tools to create shared laughter with those you love.

On Vanishing by Lynn Casteel Harper

Not a comedy, this is a dense read weaving history, philosophy, religion and Harper's personal experience with  Alzheimer's and other dementias together delivering hope. It is so sensitively and candidly written it's like having your smartest, most wise best friend hold your hand through the experience.

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care by Laura Wayman.

This is the "My loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's what do I do now?" book. I've worked with Laura, she's fantastically informed, wonderfully patient and passionately committed to providing practical ways to persevere and even find some joy.