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Aging As a Spiritual Practice: a Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. Lewis Richmond, $22.00

Everything changes. For Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself.

Aging as a Spiritual Practice is a wise, compassionate book that guides readers through the four key stages of aging — such as “Lightning Strikes” (the moment we wake up to our aging) — as well as the processes of adapting to change, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Unlike many philosophical works on aging this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond’s teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.


The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind. Timothy Jennings, $20.99

While growing older is inevitable, many of the troubles we associate with aging — including dementia, disability, and an increased dependence on others — are not. The choices we make now can help us to maintain our vitality, a sharp mind, and our independence as we age.

Filled with simple, everyday actions we can take to avoid disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late onset Alzheimer's, The Aging Brain is an easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout our lives. Based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, the interventions explained in this book not only prevent progression toward dementia even in those who have already shown mild cognitive impairment, they also reduce disability and depression and keep people living independently longer than those who do not practice these methods. For anyone hoping to slow the aging process, as well as anyone who acts as a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia and other age-related diseases, this book offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.


Always My Grandpa: a Story for Children about Alzheimer’s Disease. Linda Scacco, $13.95 (ages 6-10)

Daniel learns that since Grandpa has Alzheimer's disease, he will have trouble remembering all the things that belong to him-his clothes, his words, his memories-and eventually, his own grandson. Features gentle narrative and easy-to-understand explanations.

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Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. John Medina, $36.99

With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. All of it is captivating. A great deal of it is unexpected. In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Medina showed us how our brains really work, and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. Now, in Brain Rules for Aging Well, Medina shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. In a book destined to be a classic on aging, Medina's fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into the science.

Brain Rules for Aging Well is organized into four sections, each laying out familiar problems with surprising solutions. First up, the social brain, in which topics ranging from relationships to happiness and gullibility illustrate how our emotions change with age. The second section focuses on the thinking brain, explaining how working memory and executive function change with time. The third section is all about your body: how certain kinds of exercise, diets, and sleep can slow the decline of aging. Each section is sprinkled with practical advice, for example, the fascinating benefits of dancing, and the brain science behind each intervention. The final section is about the future. Your future. Medina connects all the chapters into a plan for maintaining your brain health.


Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends, and Carers. Jude Welton, $15.95 (ages 7 and up)

Meet Jack — an older man with dementia. Jack invites readers to learn about dementia from his perspective, helping them to understand the challenges faced by someone with dementia and the changes it causes to memory, communication and behaviour. He also gives advice on how to help someone with dementia stay as mentally and physically active as possible, keep safe and continue to feel cared for and valued.

With illustrations throughout, this useful book will be an ideal introduction to dementia for anyone from child to adult. It will also guide family, friends and carers in understanding and explaining the condition and could serve as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.


Can I Tell You about Having a Stroke? Lisa Taylor, $15.95 (ages 7+)

Fred invites readers to learn about what it is like to have a stroke, explaining what a stroke is and how family members, carers and friends can help support someone with the various challenges they may face after having a stroke. This illustrated book will be ideal for anyone who knows someone who's had a stroke, from child to adult.

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Can I Tell You about Parkinson’s Disease? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers. Alan Hultquist, $15.95 (ages 7 and up)

Meet Nikolai — a man with Parkinson's disease. Nikolai invites readers to learn about Parkinson's from his perspective, helping them to understand how Parkinson's affects his daily life and why some tasks can be especially challenging for him. He also gives advice on how to help someone with Parkinson's when they have difficulties with physical movements and memory.

This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for children as well as older readers. It will help family, friends and carers better understand and explain the condition, and will be an excellent starting point for group discussions.


The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself. Diana Denholm, $18.50

When a life partner becomes gravely ill, many women find themselves over the top with stress as their lives change radically. THE CAREGIVING WIFE'S HANDBOOK aims to help women get through their partners' illness and death with compassion, emotionally whole and without regret by helping them communicate clearly — and in steps — about issues affecting this unique caregiving relationship.


The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, What Questions to Ask and How to Find Help. Joy Loverde, $28.00

Comprehensive and detailed, this practical book provides tips on prioritizing caregiving tasks, balancing work and family responsibilities, navigating the complex maze of eldercare services along with downloadable forms, checklists, worksheets and action plans.

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Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training for Those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain. Jarem Sawatsky, $22.50

Want to enjoy the life you are living, even as you face major life challenges? Is your mind succumbing to age? Is your body failing you? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES.

Author Jarem Sawatsky saw the countless guides out there for those caring for the ill and healing the curable, but when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease he found there was nothing for those living with incurable illness. He quit his job as a professor and devoted his life to exploring the possibilities of living with chronic conditions. Now he’s bringing his findings and insights to you in this empowering mindfulness guide. In Dancing With Elephants you’ll discover:

  • Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook
  • Humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky’s own journey of self-discovery and surprising family caregiving
  • Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you’ve been shaken to the core
  • A new perspective to transform your pain and renew your spirit
  • Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more!

The Dementia Diaries. Matthew Snyman, $19.95 (ages 7-14)

Brie's Granddad has always been a serious man, never without a newspaper and knowing the answer to everything. But now he keeps losing track of the conversation, and honestly, Brie doesn't really know how to speak to him. At first, Fred was annoyed that Gramps had come to live with them, it meant he had to give up his room! But then he starts to enjoy watching old films with him and spending time together... although there's the small problem of Gramps calling him Simon.

Follow the stories of Brie, Fred, and other young carers as they try to understand and cope with their grandparents' dementia at all stages of the illness. Adapted from true stories, and supplemented with activities and discussion ideas, this book for children aged approximately 7-14 cuts to the truth of the experience of dementia and tackles stigma with a warm and open perspective.


Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Better Whole-Body Mobility. Katy Bowman, Joan Virginia Allen & Shelah Wilgus, $24.95

What if your lack of mobility isn't due to your age, but simply the number of years you haven't been moving well? Dynamic Aging presents a new paradigm in senior fitness: your age isn't responsible for your lack of mobility; your habits are!

In this powerful and effective guide to moving better, geared specifically for those 50-plus, bio-mechanist and movement teacher Katy Bowman details how readers can regain their balance, maintain their ability to drive, keep their feet healthy and functional, and regain mobility and reduce pain throughout their bodies. Bowman's exercises are straightforward, require no special equipment, and include modifications for readers of all fitness levels. To combat the idea of being 'too old' to make great improvements, Dynamic Aging is filled with stories and advice from four septuagenarians who have been following Bowman's program for a decade, avoiding surgeries, eliminating pain, and regaining freedom and ease in their bodies they thought they had lost permanently to "old age." From hiking mountains to climbing ladders and walking on cobblestones with ease, each of these women embodies the book's message: No matter where you're starting, if you change how you move, you can change how you feel.

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Early Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia: Evidence-Based Practice. Edited by Esme Moniz-Cook & Jill Manthorpe, $35.95

For the increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia each year, treatment in the early stages can make a significant difference to their quality of life. This book provides examples of psychosocial interventions: taking into consideration the individual, social and environmental aspects of the person's life.

It looks at ways of providing support at the time of diagnosis and goes on to explore a variety of interventions and services for the treatment of early dementia. The contributors describe interventions for both psychological and practical problems with case examples such as memory support groups, art therapies and assistive technologies for use in the home.


Eat Well, Age Better: How to Use Diet and Supplements to Guard the Lifelong Health of Your Eyes, Your Heart, Your Brain, and Your Bones. Aileen Burford-Mason, $24.95

Eat Well, Age Better shows how you can recognize your nutritional shortfalls — deficits that will increase your risk of the degenerative diseases of age, including diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.  Backed by the latest research, Eat Well, Age Better describes in straightforward language how to be your own nutritionist. By taking control of your diet now, and understanding how to optimize it with selected vitamins and other supplements, you can increase energy, strengthen your immune system, maintain a healthy brain, and embark upon your retirement years with vigour and vitality.


The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions. Stella Mora Henry, $21.99

In this comprehensive and accessible guide, readers navigate the daunting logistics and powerful emotions of making care decisions for an elderly parent or loved one.


Eldercare 911: the Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions. Susan Beerman & Judith Rappaport-Musson, $28.00

ELDERCARE 911 offers step-by-step recommendations for over 200 situations, providing family caregivers and professionals with invaluable new insights and guidance for managing eldercare needs. Through a wealth of concrete information and practical, easy-to-follow solutions to nearly every problem, the book includes advice on:

  • How to Protect Yourself from “Toxic” Relatives — Learn how to survive the negative impact of know-it-alls, guilt trippers, parents in denial, and disappointers.
  • Aging in Place — Step-by-step recommendations to make remaining in the home a safe option, including insights into evaluating parents’ physical, psychological, emotional, and social needs.
  • Working Caregivers: A Balancing Act — Reduce stress and maximize time by learning how to prioritize conflicting responsibilities.
  • In Case of An Emergency — Learn how to prepare for unexpected problems and react without panic to reduce the stress of a variety of emergency situations.
  • Caregiver Voices — Caregivers share their wisdom to help others renew their strength and lighten their hearts.

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Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter In the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. Jann Arden, $21.00

Many people who are dealing with a loved one who with dementia or Alzheimer's will find inspiration and strength in Jann's wholehearted, loving response — and her totally Jann take — to the upside-down world of a daughter mothering her mother. Feeding My Mother is one heck of an affirmation that life just keeps on keeping on, and a wonderful example of how you have to roll with it.

This edition of the inspirational #1 bestseller draws on a new year of Jann's diaries and her mother's final days.


Financial Care for Your Aging Parent. Lise Adreana, $17.95

When you have an elderly parent whose finances need to be managed by you or someone else as a designated power of attorney, understanding the potential stress on your parent’s (and possibly your own) finances and savings as he or she transitions into a new part of life and knowing how to manage financially can help ease difficult times. FINANCIAL CARE FOR YOUR AGING PARENT explains in easy-to-understand language how you can manage a parent’s finances and ensure that the important things are taken care of.


Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s: One Daughter’s Hopeful Story. Lauren Kessler, $18.00

Like many children of Alzheimer’s sufferers, Lauren Kessler, an accomplished journalist, was devastated by the disease that seemed to erase her mother’s identity even before claiming her life. But suppose people with Alzheimer’s are not slates wiped blank. Suppose they experience friendship and loss, romance and jealousy, joy and sorrow? To better understand this debilitating condition, Kessler enlists as a bottom-of-the-rung caregiver at an Alzheimer’s facility and learns lessons that challenge what we think we know about the disease. A compelling, clear-eyed, and emotionally resonant narrative, FINDING LIFE IN THE LAND OF ALZHEIMER'S offers a new optimistic look at what the disease can teach us and a much-needed tonic for those faced with providing care for someone they love.

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Get Well Soon, Grandpa! An Swerts & Jenny Bakker, $21.50 (Stroke, ages 5 & up)

Faye loves staying over at Grandpa Bert’s house — they always have so much fun. But after Grandpa has a stroke, he has to stay in the hospital a very long time. Faye visits Grandpa every day, determined to do everything she can to help him get better soon.


Grandma. Jessica Shepherd, $19.99 (ages 3-8)

A sensitive picture book about a boy named Oscar, his beloved Grandma, and how things change as Grandma starts to behave differently.


Grandma Forgets. Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.

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Grandma's Box of Memories: Helping Grandma to Remember. Jean Demetris, $17.95 (ages 4-7)

When Grandma starts to become forgetful, Alice and her family create a box of memories to remind her of all the good times they have shared together. Alice puts some pretty packets of seeds in the box, to remind Grandma of their happy times planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers. Her brother Harry puts some toy animals in the box, to remind Grandma of their fun trips to the zoo when the chimpanzees made them laugh. Grandpa puts a photo from their wedding day in the box, when Grandma looked so beautiful and happy. What a lot of wonderful memories in Grandma's box!

This beautifully-illustrated story helps to explain dementia to children aged 4 to 7 years in a gentle and engaging way, and prompts discussions about what children can do to help a grandparent living with dementia. It is an ideal starting point for family discussions and a book that dementia care professionals will want to recommend to the families they work with.


Grandpa Monty’s Muddles. Marta Zafrilla, illustrated by Miguel Angel Diez, $16.95 (ages 4-9)

When his grandfather’s memory starts to fail, young Oscar finds ways to help Grandpa remember — and to feel happy, and stay safe.


Healing Your Grief about Aging: 100 Practical Ideas on Growing Older with Confidence, Meaning, and Grace. Alan Wolfelt & Kirby Duvall, $12.95

This practical guide helps you acknowledge and mourn the many losses of aging, while also offering advice for living your best life. The 100 practical tips and activities address your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, helping you age authentically, and gracefully. Whether you just entered your fifties or are well on your way to the century mark, this book can help you find the path to follow for the rest of your life.

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Healing Your Grieving Heart When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt & Kirby Duvall, $12.95

Navigating the challenging journey that families and friends of Alzheimer’s patients must endure, this heartfelt guide reveals how their struggle is as complex and drawn out as the illness itself. Confronting their natural but difficult process of grieving and mourning, the study covers the inevitable feelings of shock, sadness, anger, guilt, and relief, illustrating the initial reactions people commonly feel from the moment of the dementia’s onset. Healthy and productive ways to acknowledge and express these feelings are suggested along with 100 tips and activities that fulfill the emotional, spiritual, cognitive, physical, and social needs of those who care about someone afflicted with this debilitating disease. Special consideration is also shown for caregivers, whose grief is often complicated by the demanding physical attention that patients require.


Healthy Aging: a Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being. Andrew Weil, $22.95

In each of his widely acclaimed, best-selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative and companionable guide through a uniquely effective combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and healthy living. Now he gives us a book about aging that is unlike any other. Drawing on the new science of biogerontology (the biology of aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity — diet, activity and attitude — Dr. Weil explains that there are a myriad of things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in good working order through all phases of life. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, HEALTHY AGING is infused with the engaging candor and common sense that have made Dr. Weil our most trusted source on healthy living. 


The Healthy Brain: Optimize Brain Power at Any Age. Aileen Burford-Mason, $22.99

The Healthy Brain makes the compelling case that most people’s brains are underperforming because they are undernourished. As the most metabolically active organ of the body, the brain’s nutritional needs are ten times higher than those of any other organ. That means the brain is the first organ to falter when it is improperly fed.

Well respected for her ability to take complex nutritional research and translate it into clear, evidence-based guidelines for the safe, effective use of supplements, Dr. Burford-Mason offers step-by-step guidance on how to implement dietary changes and select appropriate supplements for optimal brain power at any age. She makes liberal use of real-life case histories from her practice and summarizes leading-edge scientific research to support her advice. The immediate payoff of adopting Dr. Burford-Mason’s strategies is a noticeable increase in brain vitality: better mood, focus, creativity and workplace performance, and an improved capacity to enjoy life, sleep soundly and cope well under stress. The long-term benefit is that these same dietary changes have shown the most promise in helping us avoid Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Healthy Brain argues that feeding the brain properly is a lifelong project, and that memory and cognition in later life depend on the care and feeding our brains receive throughout our entire lives.

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Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-Centered Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers. Bernie McCarthy, $25.95

Losing the ability to communicate can be a frustrating and difficult experience for people with dementia, their families and carers. As the illness progresses, the person with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to express themselves clearly and to understand what others say.

Written with both family and professional carers in mind, this book explains what happens to communication as dementia progresses, how this may affect an individual's memory, language and senses, and how carers might need to adapt their approach as a result. Advocating a person-centered approach to dementia care, the author describes methods of verbal and non-verbal communication, techniques for communicating with people who cannot speak or move easily, and strategies for communicating more effectively in specific day-to-day situations, including at mealtimes, helping the person with dementia to bathe or dress, and while out and about.


"I Don't Have Time for This!" A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself. Katherine Arnup, $28.95

This compassionate book provides a roadmap for the journey into aging, illness, and dying that we will all travel — ourselves and the people we love. With gentle persuasion and moving stories from her family, her clients, and her years as a hospice volunteer, Dr. Katherine Arnup shows how to overcome the fear of aging and loss so we can show up for the challenges in our lives. You will discover:

  • The ways to begin essential conversations with your parents – before it’s too late!
  • The tools you need to survive and thrive as a caregiver
  • The keys to releasing guilt and regret
  • The joy that’s possible when you stop running from your life
  • The secret to asking for and receiving help
  • The rewards of being present with the people you love during the final chapter of their lives

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: a Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease. Joanne Koenig Coste, $21.50

Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer's, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between caregivers and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. LEARNING TO SPEAK ALZHEIMER'S also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to

  • cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease's progression
  • help the patient talk about the illness
  • face the issue of driving
  • make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible
  • adjust room design for the patient's comfort
  • deal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression

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Merck Manual of Health and Aging: the Complete Home Guide to Healthcare and Healthy Aging For Older People and Those Who Care About Them. $10.99

From one of the most trusted names in medical references comes an accessible, all-inclusive guide for older adults that shares what measures to take to optimize the aging process, prevent disease, and improve your overall health. Inside you’ll discover clear, authoritative information on:

  • preventive medical care and good nutrition
  • common medical disorders in older adults
  • strategies for coping with disease
  • steps for finding the best in medical care
  • how to communicate with health care practitioners
  • the role of alternative and complementary medicine
  • the benefits and risks of medical tests
  • the challenges of caregiving and rehabilitation
  • safe, easy-to-follow cardio exercises

Also featuring candid essays by seniors who share their insights and personal experiences on growing older, THE MERCK MANUAL OF HEALTH & AGING is an essential home reference for making your later years truly golden.


Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy. Andrea Brandt, $16.95

Mindful Aging is full of exercises and tools to help you embrace a new mindset and blaze a new trail in your life fueled by passion, purpose, and creativity. Through research, inspiring stories of real people, and Dr. Brandt's psychological insight, you'll be able to claim the immense joy and love that are yours to have, the deep wisdom that is yours to share, and the exciting self-discoveries and contributions that are uniquely yours to make. Join the millions who are becoming mindful about aging, and discover the secrets to creating a life that doesn't wane as the years go by. Mindful Aging will forever change how you view — and embrace — your life as you age.


Mom Minus Dad: the Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent. Jamieson Haverkampf, $21.95

This helpful guide will help families find the resources and advice they need to help a newly widowed parent while balancing the demands of their own lives.

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My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia: What is Dementia and What Does it Do? Lynda Moore, illustrated by George Haddon, $21.95 (ages 4-9)

Explains the complex concepts of dementia, such as brain function, disease progression and death to pre-school aged children in a direct and age-appropriate way, as well as exploring children's feelings about these issues. This book caters for children aged 4+ who have a loved one at any stage of dementia.


My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $13.95 (Multiple Sclerosis, ages 4-7)

Grampy can't walk anymore because he has multiple sclerosis. But that doesn't slow him down — or his grandchildren. Together they go places, do things and learn about life as only grandparents and grandchildren can.


My Grandpa Had a Stroke. Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nicole Wong, $10.50 (ages 4 – 8)

Ryan loves spending Saturdays with his Grandpa, riding in the truck, stopping at Morrie's Diner for breakfast, and fishing on Hall Lake. But when his grandfather has a stroke, everything suddenly changes. Now Ryan is confused and scared. He's worried about his grandfather. And he missed the special bond they shared.

A comprehensive Note to Parents provides additional guidance, information, and resources.

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My Mother, My Friend: the Ten Most Important Things to Talk About with Your Mother. Mary Marcdante, $16.99

Every woman has things that she wants to talk about with her mother — but can't. Big questions about health, aging and money, and even more personal issues about family secrets and Mom's relationship with Dad have made for extremely difficult conversations - until now. In MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND, communications expert and beloved national speaker Mary Marcdante demonstrates simple strategies and time-tested techniques for breaking down the barriers. She shows step by step how to build a more loving and authentic relationship with your mother by looking at such issues as Health and Sexuality; Money; Resolving Conflict; Family Secrets; Spirituality; and more.


Necessary Conversations Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. Gerald Kaufman & Marlene Kaufman, $12.95

Suggestions for discussing finances, medical care, driving, and living arrangements — before the crises hit.


Now One Foot, Now the Other. Tomie dePaola, $22.00 (Grandparent has a stroke) (ages  4-10)

This touching story about a young boy coping with his grandfather's disability has long been one of Tomie dePaola's most popular picture books. Now, for the first time, it is available in a larger format, full-color edition — perfect for family sharing. Readers of all ages will love to watch Grandpa Bob teach Bobby to walk, and how Bobby returns the favor when Bob has a stroke, all in beautifully rich full color.

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On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. Parker J. Palmer, $25.95

From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy), comes a beautiful book of reflections on what we can learn as we move closer to "the brink of everything."

Drawing on eight decades of life — and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist — Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. "Old," he writes, "is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows." But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It's not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one's life, refracting new light at every turn.


Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause. The Boston Women’s Health Collective, $23.00

For decades, millions of women have relied on OUR BODIES, OURSELVES to provide the most comprehensive, honest, and accurate information on women's health. Now, in Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, the editors of the classic guide discuss the transition of menopause. OUR BODIES, OURSELVES: MENOPAUSE provides an in-depth look at subjects such as hormone therapy and sexuality as well as proven strategies for coping with challenges like hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats. In clear, accessible language, the book dispels menopause myths and provides crucial information that women can use to take control of their own health and get the best care possible. 


Our Turn to Parent: Shared Experiences and Practical Advice on Caring for Aging Parents in Canada. Barbara Dunn & Linda Scott, $24.95

No one can anticipate what it will be like for you the day you discover you must become a caregiver for one or both of your parents. As you begin to care for them, you will be filled with questions and looking for advice. OUR TURN TO PARENT shows you how to work with your parent to become their caregiver and their champion, and it provides the tools you need to make decisions and feel confident that you are doing right by your aging parents. OUR TURN TO PARENT also includes a thorough caregivers’ guide to resources available in Canada today.

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Remembering for Both of Us: a Child Learns about Alzheimer's. Charlotte Wood, illustrated by Dennis Auth, $18.50 (ages 4-7)

Tasha loves her grandfather, and she knows that PaPa loves her. But lately, PaPa has begun to forget things. He's often confused and upset. Sometimes, he doesn't even recognize his own family. How can Tasha's grandmother help her see that while PaPa is changing, his love for Tasha has not? Remembering for Both of Us is a touching story of a child's first glimpse of Alzheimer's and a reminder that ties of the heart transcend age and illness.


Tangles: a Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me. Sarah Levitt, $23.95

What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge — and her family — forever.

In spare black and white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family’s journey through a harrowing range of emotions — shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration — all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness. TANGLES provides a window on the complexity of Alzheimer’s disease, and gradually opens a knot of moments, memories, and dreams to reveal a bond between a mother and a daughter that will never come apart.


Understanding Behaviour in Dementia that Challenges: a Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Ian Andrew James, $33.95

Behaviours that challenge can significantly interfere with the quality of life of a person with dementia, as well as that of those who live with and care for them. Yet there is a great deal of confusion surrounding how such behaviours should be addressed. This book provides theory and practical guidance on the assessment and treatment of behaviours that challenge in dementia. The author describes the different categories and causes of challenging behaviour, and provides tried-and-tested models which will aid identification, assessment and treatment. A thorough evaluation of the use of psychotropic medication is provided, as well as of a wide range of psychological and biopsychosocial interventions.

This will be an invaluable resource for any professional involved in the assessment and treatment of behaviours that challenge in people with dementia, including psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, GPs and occupational therapists. It will also be of interest to those involved in commissioning, providing and managing services.

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What’s Happening to Grandpa? Maria Shriver, $22.95 (about Alzheimer’s, ages 5-10)

Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling, but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him — and herself — cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.


When I’m Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind. Kathleen Fraser, $19.95

A fill-in book and resource manual to help family members better handle the details of life when someone dies or has to be away from home for extended periods of time. Includes space to give contact information, location of key documents, wills and living wills, medical records, child and pet care instructions, finances and property, home and vehicle maintenance, computer passwords and special notations.


Where to Go From Here. James Birren & Linda Feldman, $14.99

Jim Birren, the pioneer of guided autobiography, has developed a remarkable process that encourages people to take stock of their lives so they can move forward, reinvigorated, into a vital, rewarding future. An inspiring book with pointed questions and inspirational insights, WHERE TO GO FROM HERE gives us a way to grow positively into the second half of life.

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Aging

Aging As a Spiritual Practice: a Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. Lewis Richmond, $22.00

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind. Timothy Jennings, $20.99

Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp. John Medina, $36.99

Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Better Whole-Body Mobility. Katy Bowman, Joan Virginia Allen & Shelah Wilgus, $24.95

Eat Well, Age Better: How to Use Diet and Supplements to Guard the Lifelong Health of Your Eyes, Your Heart, Your Brain, and Your Bones. Aileen Burford-Mason, $24.95

Healing Your Grief about Aging: 100 Practical Ideas on Growing Older with Confidence, Meaning, and Grace. Alan Wolfelt & Kirby Duvall, $12.95

Healthy Aging: a Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being. Andrew Weil, $22.95

The Healthy Brain: Optimize Brain Power at Any Age. Aileen Burford-Mason, $22.99

Merck Manual of Health and Aging: the Complete Home Guide to Healthcare and Healthy Aging For Older People and Those Who Care About Them. $10.99

Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy. Andrea Brandt, $16.95

On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. Parker J. Palmer, $25.95

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $23.00

When I’m Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind. Kathleen Fraser, $19.95

Where to Go From Here: Discovering Your Own Life’s Wisdom in the Second Half of Your Life. James Birren & Linda Feldman, $14.99

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Eldercare

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves. Jane Cross, $22.95

The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself. Diana Denholm, $18.50

The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask and How to Find Help. Joy Loverde, $28.00

The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions. Stella Mora Henry, $21.99

Eldercare 911: the Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions. Susan Beerman & Judith Rappaport-Musson, $28.00

Financial Care for Your Aging Parent. Lise Adreana, $17.95

"I Don't Have Time for This!" A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself. Katherine Arnup, $28.95

Mom Minus Dad: the Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent. Jamieson Haverkampf, $21.95

My Mother, My Friend: the Ten Most Important Things to Talk About with Your Mother. Mary Marcdante, $16.99

Necessary Conversations Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. Gerald Kaufman & Marlene Kaufman, $12.95

Our Turn to Parent: Shared Experiences and Practical Advice on Caring for Aging Parents in Canada. Barbara Dunn & Linda Scott, $24.95

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Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training for Those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain. Jarem Sawatsky, $22.50

Early Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia: Evidence-Based Practice. Edited by Esme Moniz-Cook & Jill Manthorpe, $35.95

Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter In the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. Jann Arden, $21.00

Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s: One Daughter’s Hopeful Story. Lauren Kessler, $18.00

Healing Your Grieving Heart When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer's: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt & Kirby Duvall, $12.95

Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-Centered Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers. Bernie McCarthy, $25.95

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: a Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease. Joanne Koenig Coste, $21.50

Tangles: a Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me. Sarah Levitt, $23.95 (adult graphic novel)

Understanding Behaviour in Dementia that Challenges: a Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Ian Andrew James, $33.95

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Books for Kids

Always My Grandpa: a Story for Children about Alzheimer’s Disease. Linda Scacco, $13.95 (ages 6-10)

Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends, and Carers. Jude Welton, $15.95 (ages 7+)

Can I Tell You about Having a Stroke? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers. Lisa Taylor, $15.95 (ages 7+)

Can I Tell You about Parkinson’s Disease? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers. Alan Hultquist, $15.95 (ages 7+)

The Dementia Diaries. Matthew Snyman, $19.95 (ages 7-14)

Get Well Soon, Grandpa! An Swerts & Jenny Bakker, $21.50 (Stroke; ages 5 & up)

Grandma. Jessica Shepherd, $18.99 (Aging/Behaviour Changes; ages 3-8)

Grandma Forgets. Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston, $23.99 (Dementia; ages 4-8)

Grandma's Box of Memories: Helping Grandma to Remember. Jean Demetris, $21.95 (Alzheimer's; ages 4-7)

Grandpa Monty’s Muddles. Marta Zafrilla, illustrated by Miguel Angel Diez, $23.95 (Dementia; ages 4-8)

My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia: What is Dementia and What Does it Do? Lynda Moore, illustrated by George Haddon, $21.95 (ages 4-9)

My Grampy Can't Walk. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan & Kristin Blackwood, $13.95 (Multiple Sclerosis; ages 4-7)

My Grandpa Had a Stroke. Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nicole Wong, $10.50 (ages 4 – 8)

Now One Foot, Now the Other. Tomie dePaola, $22.00 (Stroke; ages  4-10)

Remembering for Both of Us: a Child Learns about Alzheimer's. Charlotte Wood, illustrated by Dennis Auth, $18.50 (ages 4-7)

What’s Happening to Grandpa? Maria Shriver, $22.95 (Alzheimer’s; ages 5 - 10)

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