Dementia: Support for Family and Friends
By Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
One of a number of guidebooks available about dementia, this book aims to offer practical advice and tips in an accessible way. Those who have praised it include dementia expert Professor Graham Stokes, who helped Bupa to develop its dementia information.
Can I Tell You About Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers
By Jude Welton, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
This short illustrated book sees a character called Jack explaining how dementia affects him. The book has been recommended as a useful way to help younger family members understand a relative’s dementia.
And Still The Music Plays: Stories of People With Dementia
By Graham Stokes, Hawker Publications
Bupa Dementia Lead, Fran Vandelli, describes this book as: "A wonderful series of case studies." It gives 22 real stories of people living with dementia, which reveal how unique each person's experience of dementia can be.
Elizabeth is Missing
By Emma Healey, Penguin
This book tells the story of a character called Maud, who begins to search for her missing friend Elizabeth, despite Maud herself struggling with dementia. As well as receiving rave reviews as a suspenseful tale, the book was praised by the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK for dealing sensitively and realistically with the subject of dementia.
The Memory Book
By Rowan Coleman, Ebury Press
Dementia can affect family relationships in a number of ways. This book tells a story about the impact of early-onset Alzheimer’s on one family, and how they ultimately come together despite the challenges they face.
The Little Girl In The Radiator
By Martin Slevin, Monday Books
A colleague at Bupa told us they “loved” this book, in which the author “tells his story of living with his mother and their journey with Alzheimer’s.” The book won a British Medical Association award in 2013.
More book ideas
Reading well books on prescription for dementia is a list supported by several big dementia charities and most libraries in England. It suggests books that you may find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or would like to find out more about the condition.