4 Books to Read Today

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Talking Sense

by Agnes Houston

When Agnes Houston was diagnosed with young-onset dementia in 2006, she found there was not enough information on how to support people living with sensory changes associated with dementia. Houston, who is a vocal advocate for people living with dementia, began a decade-long journey researching her experience and chronicling how sensory changes impacted her life. Houston’s book, Talking Sense: Living with Sensory Changes and Dementia, written with Dr. Julie Christie, is a guide for health professionals, care partners and more to better understand and support people with sensory challenges. Talking Sense is available as a free download from the dementiacentre.com website.


The Hot Chocolate and Decadent Cake Society

by Jule Briese

In Qualicum Bay author Jule Briese’s book, The Hot Chocolate and Decadent Cake Society: Alzheimer’s and the Choice for MAiD (a memoir in poetry and prose), she shares snapshots of life from the first year following her husband, Wayne’s, Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Bries also tackles the tricky topic of the current state of Canada’s MAID legislation. Briese’s book can be purchased by emailing tranquilshorescreative@gmail.com, and partial proceeds will be donated to Dying with Dignity Canada. 

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Be With

by Mike Barnes

In Toronto author Mike Barnes’ book, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver, he shares four letters addressed to an unnamed caregiver who is caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. Barnes draws from his personal experience caring for his mother, Mary, who was living with the disease at the time. Meant to be read in snippets, such as on the bus or at the doctor’s office, the book highlights the trials and insights of living with dementia and how to simply be with and enjoy
the people we love.

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My Walk With My Sister

by Karen Boothe

After significant changes in her behaviour, Karen Boothe’s sister, Brenda, was diagnosed with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) at 56 years old. Also known as frontotemporal dementia, FTD is rare and involves the degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. Karen became Brenda’s primary caregiver and, in her book, My Walk with My Sister: On the Journey of Frontotemporal Degeneration, she shares how she learned to love, accept and care for Brenda after her diagnosis. [ ]