Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's disease

Mayo Clinic

Book - 2002

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Published
Rochester, Minn. : Mayo Clinic c2002.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
210 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
1893005224
Corporate Author
Mayo Clinic (-)
Other Authors
Ronald C. Peterson, 1946- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This informative guide first explains how the brain works and then considers some of its aberrations. Several conditions can mimic Alzheimer's, we discover, so that, for example, beginning to lose one's mnemonic capacity doesn't necessarily mean that Alzheimer's is developing. We don't yet know Alzheimer's cause or causes, though the book explores some possibilities. Then it describes a common course of the disease, noting that there are many variations in the kinds of symptoms manifested and the speed of their onset and progress. Current treatments are described, and present research and clinical trials discussed. Much of the rest of the book suggests how to handle various problems resulting from the disease--material that daily caregivers, especially, will value, as they will the additional advice on how to take care of themselves. The book concludes with remarks on planning for long-term care. ((Reviewed August 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When a family member shows signs of a failing memory, most people look for basic, practical information to help them understand their relative's condition, find appropriate care, and make the best life possible for everyone concerned. This latest in the "Mayo Clinic Health Information" series is an excellent "getting started" introduction. Prepared by a variety of Mayo Clinic experts, it covers the basics of brain function; the causes, signs, and symptoms of late-life memory loss; how it is diagnosed; the latest in available treatments; and current research on promising new remedies, as well as details about the effects of memory disorders on the ill person, families, and caregivers. Most valuable is the "Quick Guide for Caregivers," offering an overview of medical complications, home safety, managing medications, and problem behaviors caused by failing memory, among other essential topics. Rounding out the text are a glossary, resource list, and narrative of one caregiver's experience (none of which was seen in the review galley). Experienced caregivers and others requiring in-depth information should look to Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins's The 36-Hour Day and Michael Castleman and others' There's Still a Person in There. Those unfamiliar with memory disorders are well served by this concise guide.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Clarifies the causes and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease while detailing accompanying conditions, treatment options, and appropriate care.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Compiling the knowledge of renowned specialists around the world, a compassionate guide to Alzheimer's disease, a devastating condition that affects people over the age of sixty-five, provides a wealth of information on signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care. Original. 10,000 first printing.