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What you need to know about Alzheimer's
Medina, John, 1956-
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[Oakland, Calif.] : New Harbinger ; [Irvine, CA] : CME, Inc., [1999]

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165 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Defining Alzheimer's disease -- Discovering why Alzheimer's destroys the brain -- Caring for the Alzheimer's patient -- Appendixes.
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Central Library RC523.2 .M43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behaviour. Although Alzheimer's can occur in middle age it is more likely to occur as a person gets older. This introduction details the symptoms, explains the underlying biology, and provides information about medications and various treatments. There is also practical guidance for coping with the hardships of caring for an Alzheimer's patient.

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Four million in the U.S. now have Alzheimer's, and that number is quite likely exceeded by that of family members and friends involved in their daily care. This is a lot of people, many of them worried, confused, and nearly burned out. Molecular biologist Medina, whose Clock of Ages (1996) is one of the best recent books on aging, looks closely and clearly at Alzheimer's for caregivers, and his prior experience as a graphic artist makes him even better suited to produce such a book. He neatly combines journal entries by the daughter of a retired pediatrician with Alzheimer's and a text and illustrations that make sense of the disease. He shows how Alzheimer's develops; explains what is known, what is guesswork, and what is still unknown medically and scientifically about it; and offers practical, specific advice for daily caregivers. He sets the book's tone early: "Alzheimer's is not a fault, it is a disease." Lists of sources for further help and of well-chosen readings conclude the book. --William Beatty

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