Monday, November 15, 2010

Getting Smart About Dementia and Mindfulness

A number of you have asked me for reading suggestions related to topic of dementia care and mindfulness practice. Below is reading list from Joy of Caring Project presentation I have been giving to professionals in the field:

Family and Professional Care Partners:

Dr. Allen Power -  Dementia Beyond Drugs 
Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle - Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows
Nancy Pearce - Inside Alzheimer's
John Zeisel - I'm Still Here

Authors with Early Onset Dementia:

Christine Bryden - Dancing With Dementia
Richard Taylor - Alzheimer's From the Inside Out

Experts on mindfulness science and compassionate care:

John Kabat-Zinn - Full Catastrophe Living
Lucia McBee - Mindfulness Based Elder Care
Saki Santorelli - Heal Thyself
Rick Hanson - Buddha's Brain

May you find it useful in your work of service.


  1. Thank you Marguerite for sharing such fab information about dementia and mindfulness.. much appreciated!

  2. Oh! great, I know you will put it to good use . . . :)

  3. Thank you! Great list.

    I'm reading a memoir called Keeper by Andrea Gillies. Not exactly about mindfulness, but a well-written book about caring for someone with Alzheimer's. She does talk about seeking what she refers to as the Sublime. It's good stuff.

  4. Jess, thank you so much for adding to the list! I will check out 'Keeper'.