If I develop Alzheimer's when I'm older, I'm going to make a list of my favorite books so when I forget them, I can have my first impressions on them over and over again. <--Also learn my sisters' favorite books in case I need to read to them.
I have found this book that seems to be quite informative. It has information and the symptons of bipolar disorder, real life case studies and how to deal with the stigma that can surround mental illness.
External aids can help to jog memory during early stages. Reminders about where things are, saftey measures to take and seeing a friendly face or place can mean the difference in preventing harm, agitation and further confusion.