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There's still a person in there : the complete guide to treating and coping with Alzheimer's
Castleman, Michael.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]

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370 pages ; 24 cm

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With information about the latest medical advances, coping strategies for care givers, and affecting accounts from families dealing with this disease, this guide presents a new understanding of Alzheimer's that is optimistic, courageous, and comforting.

Author Notes

The author of fifteen health books, including Nature's Cures and The Healing Herbs, Michael Castleman is a widely read health journalist.

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Booklist Review

Alzheimer's is the third most costly disease, but that statistic measures only dollars, not the disease's devastating effects on caregivers. With Alzheimer's and the fear of it looming ever larger in a society marked by increasing longevity, good books on it are needed. Concerned throughout with providing practical suggestions for loving caregiving, this is one of the best. It combines scientific information with several detailed case histories, usually narrated by a family-member caregiver. Those narrators include African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, so the full spectrum of possible readers will find the book accommodatingly pertinent. Diagnosis of Alzheimer's is difficult and often complicated by the presence of other conditions, but the authors point out behaviors that justify becoming concerned and consulting a knowledgeable physician. They also explain the costs of different levels of Alzheimer's care, describe current drugs and procedures, and emphasize the necessity of caregivers taking care of themselves, too. --William Beatty

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alzheimer's disease strikes some 250,000 Americans annually, the editors maintain, and an estimated 2.4 million people care for the several million people who have the disease. What makes caring for someone with Alzheimer's particularly difficult is the transformation the victims undergo. As this book evidences through its case histories, people with Alzheimer's become almost unrecognizable: a quiet, shy person will suddenly shout in the middle of the street for hours at a time; a well-groomed woman will forget about showering and insist on wearing the same article of clothing for days at a time. Still, there is some cause for optimism, claim the authors (Castleman wrote Nature's Cures, Naythons is a physician and Gallagher-Thompson cared for her ailing mother). Diagnosis and treatment has changed over the past decade, so that with proper medication and a different approach by caregivers and health-care professionals, Alzheimer's sufferers can be made comfortable, which in turn helps their families. The case studies provide insights into the stages from diagnosis through progression of the disease. Practical information on new drug therapies, alternative treatments, tips on evaluating residential facilities as well as an appendix of other resources make this an indispensable guide for patients, caregivers and anyone who must deal with Alzheimer's disease. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

More than 70 percent of the two to four million people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are cared for at home by family members, often until the disease's final stages. Numerous books for caregivers have appeared over the last decade, but the need for high-quality publications continues. This book's authorsÄCastleman, a health journalist, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, a psychologist specializing in caregiving, and Matthew Naythons, a physician turned Internet entrepreneurÄhave gathered the latest research on the causes, diagnosis, current and potential treatments for Alzheimer's and communicated these findings clearly and intelligibly. Essential information on getting a diagnosis, coping with behavioral changes, medications, and sources of support and assistance is provided. Such material is available elsewhere in greater detail (Nancy Mace and Peter Rabin's The 36-Hour Day, 3d ed., LJ 7/99); however, the authors emphasize the importance of families caring for themselves as well in order to avoid the physical and emotional tolls unrelieved caregiving can take. Stories of culturally and ethnically diverse families coping successfully with Alzheimer's plus an extensive bibliography and resource list increase the volume's reader-friendliness. A valuable addition to Alzheimer's and caregiving collections.ÄKaren McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Insights, New Hopep. 1
1. "There's Still a Person in There" Profile of Ann and Julian Davidsonp. 5
2. Worried About Someone? The Warning Signs of Alzheimer'sp. 30
3. Dr. Alzheimer's Strange Discovery: The History, Biology, and Rising Toll of Alzheimer'sp. 34
4. "We Wanted very Much to Take Care of Her" Profile of Jorge, Anna, and Rosa Floresp. 47
5. Who's at Risk? Important New Insights into Risk Factors for Alzheimer'sp. 65
6. The Diagnostic Dilemma: Is It Really Alzheimer's?p. 86
7. Coping with Alzheimer's Disease: The Experts' Ten-Step Programp. 101
8. "Poor Tyrone" Profile of Sandra and Tyrone Worthingtonp. 107
9. The Other Dementias: Some Causes of Dementia May Be Treatablep. 125
10. The New Alzheimer's Treatments: The Latest Drugs, Medicinal Herbs, and Other Therapiesp. 145
11. "It's Nothing to be Ashamed of, It's a Disease" Profile of Faith Hung and Her Familyp. 176
12. Before You do Anything Else, Take Care of Yourself: A Lesson for Caregiversp. 193
13. A Practical Introduction to Loving Caregiving: How to Care for Someone with Alzheimer'sp. 219
14. When You Can no Longer Cope With Day-to-Day Caregiving: How to Evaluate, Select, and Pay for Residential Carep. 260
15. "Oh, the Joy of Me" Profile of Debbie and Doris Hoffmannp. 279
16. The New Science of Staying Mentally Sharp--for Life: The Latest Discoveries About Memory Preservationp. 296
Epiloguep. 318
Appendix I. Resourcesp. 320
Appendix II. Alzheimers. Comp. 336
References and Bibliographyp. 337
Permissionsp. 361
Indexp. 363