Are there any books/articles that discuss dementia from a Jewish perspective? I am looking for a perspective that include coping with, and relevant hashkafa. The intended audience being not the sick person, but family.

It is possible that a book for family members of the terminally sick would be applicable; ideally it would include the mentally degenerative aspect of dementia.

May we never know such things.

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There's a very informative shiur with Rabbi Torczyner on YUTorah about dementia.

Additionally, a book titled A Jewish Response to Dementia by Rabbi Cary Kozberg, is particularly useful for families that seek understanding, instruction and comfort regarding dementia care.


there's an excellent book in hebrew called Etzot v'Hadrachot by Yaakov Greenwald based on a correspondance with the Steipler zt'l. according to the first page, author lives on 2 sylvan road monsey, NY 10952

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