To mark World Book Day we are sharing a variety of book recommendations that are tailored towards dementia with a focus on real life stories and academic guide books that provides both advice and guidance.

The recommendations below are from a variation of colleagues within Alzheimer Scotland, NDCAN members (National Dementia Carers Action Network) and carers. 

Book Recommendations

Here and now by Santa Montefiore

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Marigold has spent her life taking care of those around her, juggling family life with the running of the local shop, and being an all-round leader in her quiet yet welcoming community. When she finds herself forgetting things, everyone quickly puts it down to her age. But something about Marigold isn’t quite right, and it’s becoming harder for people to ignore. 

What I wish people knew about Dementia from someone who knows by Wendy Mitchell

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Mitchell's diagnosis of early onset dementia turned her life upside down but not in the ways that most people expect the condition to, and this bracing, optimistic and witty memoir presents another side to living with dementia which is all too rarely touched upon. 

United Caring for our loved ones living with dementia by Gina Awad

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A moving and beautifully illustrated book that captures the real life tales of people living with dementia, as told by their loved ones caring for them. This humorous, heartwarming and often heartbreaking collection will be relatable and supportive for anyone touched by dementia in their lives, and provides insight and information for anyone wanting to know more.

More Book Recommendations

Adaptive interaction and dementia by Dr Maggie Ellis and Professor Arlene Astell

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This guide to Adaptive Interaction explains how to assess the communication repertoires of people with dementia who can no longer speak, and offers practical interventions for those who wish to interact with them. Outlining the challenges faced by people living with advanced dementia, this book shows how to relieve the strain on relationships between them, their families, and professional caregivers through better, person-centred communication.


Including the person with dementia in Designing and delivering Care: ‘I need to be me’ by Elizabeth Barnett

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This book explores ways in which the perspectives of older people with dementia can be recognised. The book examines the history of dementia care and looks at ways in which people with dementia can be understood, before going on to focus on the evaluation. dementia Care Mapping was used as part of the evaluation process, and the book describes how staff were trained to use this technique. 

Caring for Nigel by Eileen Murray

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This true and touching account offers a unique insight into the day-to-day experience of caring for someone with dementia. At the age of sixty-nine Nigel Murray, a retired university lecturer and former Army officer, was diagnosed with dementia. Doctors suspected he was suffering from a rare and degenerative neurological disorder known as Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). However, Nigel also had many of the symptoms of both Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body dementia and an official diagnosis was never made.  

Final Book Recommendations

Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson

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 Scottish broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson cared with her two sisters for their mother Mamie during many years of living with dementia. Sad and funny, wise and honest, this deeply intimate account of insidious losses and unexpected joys is also a call to arms that challenges us all to think differently.

Somebody I used to know by Wendy Mitchell

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A brave and illuminating journey inside the mind, heart, and life of a person with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Mitchell shares the heartrending story of her cognitive decline and how she has fought to stave it off. What lay ahead of her after the diagnosis was scary and unknowable, but Mitchell was determined and resourceful, and she vowed to outwit the disease for as long as she could.