Stanford professor Debra Meyerson documents her own journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and unable to talk. She also writes about the emotional side of recovery, discussing questions like “Who am I now?” and “How do I rebuild a meaningful and rewarding life?” In the author’s own words, “I sincerely hope Identity Theft becomes an important resource to help people recovering from stroke, navigating a changing identity for other reasons, or supporting those who are.”
Author and neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, tells the story of Sarah Nickerson, who experienced a brain injury in a car crash that steals her awareness of everything on her left side, and how she subsequently retrained her mind to perceive the world as a whole again. Does an excellent job describing how injuries on the left or right side of our brains impact the opposite side.
Another excellent read by neuroscientist Lisa Genova that was made into an Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. This book sensitively and insightfully describes the journey into early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease by a 50-year-old Harvard professor, and how she and her family cope with the increasing levels of deterioration in her brain.
Physician Claudia Osborn suffered a TBI when hit by a car while riding her bike one night. Her book describes her rehabilitation process using a mix of her memories, passages taken from her personal notebook, as well as her friends’ journals. Her medical background allows her to combine objective medical knowledge with her own emotions in an enlightening tale of recovery.
This is a personal, heartbreaking, and sometimes even humorous account of the effects of traumatic brain injury (as a result of a boating accident) on the author’s husband Alan – on herself as his caregiver – learning to accept the “new” Alan and on their family.
When Sir John Hale suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk, write or speak, his wife Sheila researched everything about his condition that she could get her hands-on, in an attempt to restore his old life. Her book tells the story of Hale’s stroke and their experience the UK’s National Health Service, as well as what Sheila learned about aphasia treatment.
Reporter and co-anchor for ABC, Bob Woodruff, was embedded with the military in Iraq when an IED went off near the tank in which he was riding. He and his cameraman were hit, and Bob suffered a TBI that nearly killed him. His wife Lee writes about their journey to recovery. The book also explores issues of care within the VA system for the hundreds of thousands of vets diagnosed with TBI since 2001.
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge provides an excellent overview of the science of neuroplasticity and the people whose lives have been transformed by our present understanding of the ways in which our brain “rewires” itself after injury.
A New York Times bestseller that seeks to reframe autism and other spectrum disorders as potentially a ‘naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius rather than as disabilities. Wired reporter Steve Silberman digs into the history of autism and finds answers to the question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
Cognitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene diagrams the neural processes that translate “marks on paper” into language, sound, and meaning, including an in-depth exploration of dyslexia.
Linguistics professor John McWhorter tells the amazing story of how language and communication evolved biologically and geographically in human beings – going back to a single original source. The author reminds us that language is not fixed but is a living, dynamic entity that adapts itself to the ever-changing human environment.
The riveting story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who first identified CTE in professional football players – a disease caused by blows to the head that can affect everyone playing the game. It became the controversial truth the NFL wanted to ignore. Made into a 2015 movie of the same name.
For 40 years, The 36-Hour Day has been the leading work in the field for caregivers of those with dementia. Written by experts with decades of experience caring for individuals with memory loss, Alzheimer's, and other dementias, the book is widely known for its authoritativeness and compassionate approach to care. Featuring everything from the causes of dementia to managing its early stages to advice on caring for those in the later stages of the disease, it is widely considered to be the most detailed and trusted book available.
Alzheimers books should help everyone involved through this incredibly difficult time. That’s why Alzheimer’s Through the Stages shows you what you can do for your loved one―and yourself―every step of the way. This book’s detailed descriptions of all seven stages of the disease are both helpful and comforting. With each section divided into three parts―what to expect, what to say, and what to do―this is one of the easiest to use Alzheimers books for caregivers.
When caring for someone with dementia, your own mental stability can be the single most critical factor in your loved one’s quality of life. The Caregiver's Guide to Dementia brings practical and comprehensive guidance to understanding the illness, caring for someone, and caring for yourself. From understanding common behavioral and mood changes to making financial decisions, this book contains bulleted lists of actions you can take to improve your health and your caregiving. Inspirational and compassionate, it focuses on the caregiver’s underlying love and humanity that cannot be taken away by any disease.
An invaluable, comprehensive guide that explains everything you and your family need to know about living well with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A loved one’s dementia diagnosis can leave you feeling scared and overwhelmed. Now a renowned geriatrician who has helped thousands of families live happy, engaged lives—after a dementia diagnosis—shares her expertise in this easy-to-follow guide. Filled with must-have information, practical advice, and unique and comforting insights, here is everything you need to know about caring for your loved one and making his or her life the best possible—starting now, even as the disease progresses.
Debie Monax had her life all planned out. Established in a successful career as a CPA and engaged to a wonderful man, she was confident that she would soon have the family and the career that she desired. But the picture perfect life Debie had planned hit a road block when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and advanced endometriosis. Juggling an invisible disability and enduring fertility treatments, Debie had to rewrite and redefine her definition of faith, success, a perfect family, and even of herself.