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Life out of focus : Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
Harmon, Daniel E.
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Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the nature, possible causes, effects on the patient as well as family and friends, and treatment options of this deteriorative disease.
Introduction / by Carol C. Nadelson -- Alzheimer's disease : an overview -- Two friends -- The critical issues : age and memory -- Understanding the disorder -- The effect on society -- The challenge of diagnosis -- Possible causes of the disease -- Treatment of Alzheimer's disease -- Coping strategies for caregivers.
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RC523 .H37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Written specifically for young adults, the books in this series offer up-to-date information on the history, causes, effects, treatment and therapies for problems affecting the human mind.'

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Harmon provides an informative and poignant look at the patients and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's. In a heart-tugging first chapter, he traces the mental deterioration of two once-vibrant women who become friends before succumbing to the disease. Details of their decline provide a springboard for biological and psychological explanations of the symptoms. The historical background on Alzheimer's, including sections on Rita Hayworth and Ronald Reagan, gives a sense of the scope of its impact; and effective sidebars (especially about an Internet chat room called the "Alzheimer's Anger Wall") vividly illustrate how devastating the disease is for sufferers and their loved ones. Although the reading level of early chapters seems geared to younger readers, subsequent chapters become more sophisticated, offering researchers solid data and a rich analysis of the subject. Appendixes include national contact centers, a glossary, and a list for further reading. --Roger Leslie



Many people have family members and friends suffering from one of the mental illnesses explained in this book, including Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. Excerpted from Life Out of Focus: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia by Carol C. Nadelson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.