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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is celebrated during the month of June. It’s a time to go purple, the official color of the Alzheimer's movement, and show support for the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners, who offer unwavering support.                                                                                                    
The Library provides dementia inclusive programs under Stories for Life and materials to support those living with the disease, their care partners, family members and friends. Check out summer activities including memory cafes and the intergenerational program, Movies & Memories here.

Learn ways to connect with your loved one or more about Alzheimer’s and dementia with these materials:

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia : What Everyone Needs to Know by Steven R Sabat
Sabat provides information about Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases, and also discusses the psychological and social strengths possessed by people diagnosed. By identifying and using those strengths, readers can improve the quality of life in non-pharmacological ways.

Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer's Journey by Jolene Brackey
When people have short-term memory loss, their lives are made up of moments. We are not able to create perfectly wonderful days for people with dementia or Alzheimer's, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments, moments that put a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes. Creating Moments of Joy is filled with more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor.

Dementia Reimagined : Building a Life of Joy and Dignity From Beginning to End by MD Tia Powell
In demystifying dementia, Dr. Powell helps us understand it with clearer eyes, from the point of view of both physician and caregiver. Ultimately, she wants us all to know that dementia is not only about loss - it's also about the preservation of dignity and hope.

How to Forget : A Daughter's Memoir by Kate Mulgrew
In this profoundly honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, the star of Orange Is the New Black and New York Times bestselling author of Born with Teeth takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter's love for her parents.

Using Technology in Dementia Care: A Guide to Technology Solutions for Everyday Living by Arlene Astell
Looking at a range of available products, such as off-the-shelf computers and smartphones, to dementia specific applications and programs, it also addresses some common obstacles and barriers faced when introducing technology in dementia care. The past twenty years have seen an array of technologies developed to improve the day-to-day lives of people with dementia; this guide shows how they can be effectively used

When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community : Words to Say and Things to Do by Rachael Wonderlin
Writing from her own practice and drawing on the latest research in gerontology and dementia, Wonderlin explains the different kinds of dementia, details the wide range of care communities available for people who have dementia, and speaks empathetically to the worry and guilt many families feel.







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