Our expert says:
Dear Noeline, I know, from personal experience, how hard this is. I would hope that your doctor could put you in touch with some resources. The COPD will be relevant, on top of the aging, as it will reduce the amount of oxygen available to her brain to enable it to work properly. And though some have found it can help to use some drugs like Risperdal, which can be calimng and clear the thinking to a degree, it has risks, and also in someone with COPD.
As for books. one I recall, was : "The 36-Hour Day : A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins ".
and others include : Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste ;
Talking to Alzheimer's: Simple Ways to Connect When You Visit with a Family Member or Friend by Claudia J. Strauss ;
Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Families, Friends and Care-Givers by Daniel Kuhn ;
Alzheimer's Activities: Hundreds of Activities for Men and Women With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders by B. J. Fitzray ; and
There's Still a Person in There: The Complete Guide to Treating and Coping with Alzheimer's by Michael Castleman .
Check I think in SA, Kalahari.net currently has a book sale on at around 20 % off, and can source most UK and US titles ; but also check the Exclusivebooks.com website, as they are sometimes cheaper still.
( check through Google.com for online resources --- I seem to remember the Alzheimer Society in the UK had a useful site ),
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