Health resources for Alzheimer’s disease

The library is hosting a 6-part series for family caregivers and friends who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease of a related dementia.

Wednesdays, October 3-November 7, 1:30-3pm in the Menninger Room at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter will present each program and resources from the Health Information Neighborhood of the library will be available for checkout. Register by calling 785-271-1844 or emailing

Download the “Alzheimer’s Series flyer” for more information about each session in the series.

New Books

  • Tangles: a story about Alzheimer’s, my mother and me by Sarah Leavitt (2012) Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 LEA
  • Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: An Emotional Journey(DVD) by Brewster,MA (2012) Health Information Neighborhood  616.831 CAR
  • The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving by Robert Leleux (2012) Health Information Neighborhood  616.831 LEL

Recommended Books

  • Learning to speak Alzheimer’s: a grounding breaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease by Joanne Koeing Coste (2003) Health Information Neighborhood  616.831 COS
  • The Alzheimer’s caregiving puzzle : putting together the pieces by Patricia Callone (2011)Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 CAR
  • A Caregivers guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tips for making life easier by Patricia Callone (2006) Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 CAR
  • The Alzheimer’s sourcebook for caregivers: a practical guide for getting though the day by Frena Gray Davidson Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 DAV
  • The 36-hour day a family guide to caring for people with Alzheimer disease, other dementias, and memory loss in later life by Nancy L Mace Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 MAC
  • Coach Broyles’ playbook for Alzheimer’s caregivers :a practical tips guide by Frank J Broyle’s Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 BRO
  • Alzheimer’s disease by Paul Dash Health Information Neighborhood 616.831DAS
  • Alzheimer’s in America : the Shriver report on women and Alzheimer’s : a study by Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer’s Association Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 SHR

DVD films

  • Alzheimer’s disease facing the facts (2009) Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 ALZ
  • The Alzheimer’s project (2009) Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 ALZ
  • Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s an emotional journey (2012) Health Information Neighborhood 616.831 CAR

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.