Best Books for Aging & Caregiving 2014

A great motivational book can change the way you perceive the world and your circumstances. With the population aging at a rapid pace, along with societal views of aging changing rapidly, it's no wonder senior lifestyles and attitudes are getting so much attention. These books are collections of inspirational stories, ground-breaking ways to think about aging, and humorous anecdotes that lighten your mood and brighten your day.

Winner

Winner

The winner of Best Books for Aging & Caregiving is awarded to the finalist that earns the highest rating during the Best Senior Living Awards. Congratulations to the winner of Best Books for Aging & Caregiving!

  • The 36-Hour Day

    The 36-Hour Day

    92 Judges Score  8 Popular Vote

    Since its publication over 33 years ago, The 36-Hour Day has served as a valuable resource for families and caregivers caring for loved ones with dementia. In the fifth edition released in 2011, The 3...

People's Choice

People's Choice

The people have spoken! The People's Choice Winner of Best Books for Aging & Caregiving is the best senior living resource that earned the highest number of votes during the voting period. Congratulations to the People's Choice Winner of Best Books for Aging & Caregiving!

  • A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water

    A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water

    76 Judges Score  360 Popular Vote

    From the website description: "A simple family vacation intended to satisfy an old man’s wish to revisit his ancestral village quickly becomes a journey filled with adversity, perseverance and revel...

Finalists

finalist

To earn a spot as a finalist for the Best Senior Living Awards, the following senior living resources received the highest number of consumer votes. Our dedicated panel of experts rated these senior living resources. Here are the Best Books for Aging & Caregiving as ranked by our panel.

  • Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir

    Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir

    88 Judges Score  160 Popular Vote

    One of Alzheimers.net's 2014 Top Alzheimer's Books for Caregivers. Winner of the Memoirs category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Excellence Book Awards. Winner of a silver medal in the Health/Medic...

  • The Caregivers

    The Caregivers

    80 Judges Score  75 Popular Vote

    Journalist Nell Lake provides not only an intimate view of the struggles that caregivers face and rewards that caregiving provides but also discusses the societal implications that we face with a grow...

  • The Complete Eldercare Planner, Revised and Updated Edition: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help

    The Complete Eldercare Planner, Revised and Updated Edition: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help

    76 Judges Score  16 Popular Vote

    From the publisher: FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED As our population shifts and ages, the care needs for our elders continue to change and evolve. Today’s generation of family and professional caregive...

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

    76 Judges Score  16 Popular Vote

    Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? You are not alone. With 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by others like you, this book is a source of support and encouragem...

  • Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults

    Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults

    76 Judges Score  284 Popular Vote

    Know an elderly person who needs a little encouragement? Missy Buchanan, an older adult advocate and a former creativity educator, offers you a bounty of ideas for lifting the spirits of older adults...

  • Caregiving for the GENIUS

    Caregiving for the GENIUS

    72 Judges Score  101 Popular Vote

    Caregiving for the GENIUS offers you the motivation, inspiration, and education necessary to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to caregiving. Prepare to care—pure genius! If you are to...

  • The Savvy Resident's Guide

    The Savvy Resident's Guide

    72 Judges Score  124 Popular Vote

    Have you or a loved one been admitted to a nursing home? Using humor and a practical approach, psychologist Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD answers your questions about how nursing homes work and introdu...

  • Who Are These People?

    Who Are These People?

    72 Judges Score  195 Popular Vote

    Are the parents you have known for a lifetime becoming strangers? Have you become the parent? When the dramatic reversal of the parent/child roles begins there is no turning back. The best option i...

  • Going Gentle Into That Good Night

    Going Gentle Into That Good Night

    56 Judges Score  104 Popular Vote

    From the author, Sandra Ross: “This book is written to give practical and real-world help to those us responsible for the care of loved ones with dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s not like...

  • You Oughta Know: Acknowledging, Recognizing, and Responding to the Steps in the Journey Through Dementias and Alzheimer's Disease

    You Oughta Know: Acknowledging, Recognizing, and Responding to the Steps in the Journey Through Dementias and Alzheimer's Disease

    32 Judges Score  16 Popular Vote

    From the author, Sandra Ross: "This book looks comprehensively at all the steps that occur in dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease. In my own experience with this and in counseling, supporting, and wo...

  • When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: Advice for Caregivers

    When Your Parent Becomes Your Child: Advice for Caregivers

    28 Judges Score  6 Popular Vote

    This vivid account of the author's 23 years as a caregiver for her parents combines a common sense approach to caregiving with a deep understanding of the needs of the elderly and victims of dementia...

Nominees

nominee

The following senior living resources were nominated for a chance to earn the title of Best Books for Aging & Caregiving. All of our nominees deserve an honorable mention for the valuable resources they provide for the senior living community!

  • The New Senior Woman

    The New Senior Woman

    2 Popular Vote

    “We started writing this book when we realized that we are reaching this stage in our lives and nothing seems familiar. We looked around at our contemporaries and saw such a disparity between the pe...

  • How To Care For Aging Parents, 3rd Edition

    How To Care For Aging Parents, 3rd Edition

    1 Popular Vote

    Referred to as "The bible of eldercare" by ABC World News, How To Care For Aging Parents, 3rd Edition, is an easy to read guidebook for taking care of parents as they age. Each chapter has simple titl...

  • I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s

    I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s

    1 Popular Vote

    The author of I Still Do, Judith Fox, shares her journey of caring for her husband with Alzheimer's in a book full of photographs as well as words. As a photographer, Judith is able to share her story...

  • The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

    The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

    1 Popular Vote

    From the publisher: "Caring for a parent whose health is in decline turns the world upside down. The emotional fallout can be devastating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Empathic guidance from an...

  • The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease  in the Caregiving Journey

    The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

    1 Popular Vote

    Written by Nancy Kriseman, LCSW. Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding, and potentially draining. Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of car...

  • A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

    A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

    0 Popular Vote

    About The Book (From the website): When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagin...

  • A Cast of Caregivers

    A Cast of Caregivers

    0 Popular Vote

    National caregiving expert Sherri Snelling provides readers the “What to Expect When You’re Caregiving” how-to guide book using celebrity stories and expert advice to help you prepare to care. C...

  • Caregiver's Handbook

    Caregiver's Handbook

    0 Popular Vote

    A compassionate and comprehensive resource for anyone who needs to take care of an elderly person at home, the Caregiver's Handbook is an invaluable reference that offers constructive, illustrated gui...

  • Caring For Yourself While Caring For Your Aging Parents

    Caring For Yourself While Caring For Your Aging Parents

    0 Popular Vote

    From the publisher: For women and men who are involved in caring for aging parents, and for those who see caregiving in their future, this empathetic and practical book offers complete coverage of al...

  • Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey

    Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey

    0 Popular Vote

    Love in the Land of Dementia, written by Deborah Shouse, provides insight and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers of people with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and memory loss. Deborah sha...

  • What's Happening to Grandpa?

    What's Happening to Grandpa?

    0 Popular Vote

    Alzheimer's Disease is difficult for every member of the family. Most books focus on the caregivers of those inflicted, but don't address those smaller family members who don't understand what is happ...

Award Program Details

  • Includes books written for seniors and caregivers
  • Books should have a senior living or caregiving focus but includes inspirational stories, anecdotes, theories, etc. meant for caregivers and seniors
  • This category will be judged based on an algorithm that includes Amazon seller's rating, reviews and popular vote, but will not be judged by our panel