Mind Readers Book Club

A good book is a great way to start an engaging conversation. The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center invites you to join our first-ever book club, Mind Readers. This is an opportunity for all community members, research participants and study partners to read and discuss a variety of stimulating books related to Alzheimer's disease, science, prevention and wellness.
 
Mind Readers book club is free and anyone is welcome to join. Members will have access to virtual lectures, discussions and special podcasts with scientists and authors related to the reading list.
 
Engage your brain and join the conversation.

How to Participate and Upcoming Events

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September 22 at 6 p.m. — Join the Mind Readers book club and host Lindsay Clark, PhD, for a discussion via Zoom with Michelle Braun, PhD, author of High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's. Hear about common misconceptions around aging, three possible brain health trajectories and how to maximize your brain health. Participation is free and everyone is welcome to attend. REGISTER

  • This event is co-hosted by the Madison Public Library. Check out ebooks and audiobooks of High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's from Wisconsin's Digital Library.

Please bookmark this page and check back often for updates and Mind Readers events that you can participate in. We will also share book club news in our monthly Headlines e-newsletter and the Wisconsin ADRC Facebook page.

Featured Books for 2021

High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's by Michelle Braun
From a Harvard- and Yale- trained neuropsychologist and a national leader in the field of brain health, a science-backed program to boost memory and dramatically decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s in five steps.

  • More about this book on the author’s website
  • Dr. Michelle Braun discusses "How to shape your brain and reduce your risk for Alzheimer's," with Dr. Nathaniel Chin on the Dementia Matters podcast
  • Ebooks and audiobooks of High-Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's are available from Wisconsin's Digital Library

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, a poor Black tobacco farmer whose cells — taken without her knowledge in 1951 — became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown.


The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It by Jason Karlawish

Dr. Jason Karlawish blends history and science to detail the most important breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. He also offers an argument for how we can live with dementia and proposes reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients better quality of life.

Benefits of Reading

Recommended Reading

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A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, by Laura Wayman
A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer, by Mary Elizabeth Williams
Before I Forget: How I Survived a Diagnosis with Younger-Onset Dementia, by Christine Bryden
Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's, B. Smith and Dan Gasby.
Creating Moments of Joy: Along the Alzheimer’s Journey, by Jolene Brackey
Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End, by Dr. Tia Powell
Don’t Say a Word!: A Daughter’s Two Cents by Elizabeth Roper Marcus
High-Octane Brain, by Dr. Michelle Braun
I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, by Ann Wertz Garvin
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Keep Sharp: Build A Better Brain At Any Age, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War, by Richard Rubin
MIND Diet for Healthy Brain Aging, by Dr. Martha Clare Morris
Mom’s Gone Missing: When a Parent’s Changing Life Upends Yours, by Susan A. Marshall
My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, by Martin Schreiber
Nice to Meet You … Again: Empowering Children to Find Joy and Understanding in Loved Ones with Dementia, by Suzanne Bottum-Jones
The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It, by Jason Karlawish
Remember, by Lisa Genova
The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor, by Dr. Arthur Kleinman