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Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's disease
Petersen, Ronald C., 1946-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Rochester, Minn. : Mayo Clinic, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 210 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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The internationally renowned Mayo Clinic presents the collective knowledge of its many specialists on Alzheimer's disease to provide practical answers on memory loss, aging, research, treatment, and caregiving.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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. --William Beatty

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Part 1 Aging and dementia
Chapter 1 Normal aging and Alzheimer's diseasep. 3
Is there something wrong with me or am I just getting old?p. 4
The aging of Americap. 5
Toward a better understanding of agingp. 8
Toward a better understanding of Alzheimer'sp. 9
Chapter 2 How the brain works and what can go wrongp. 11
The brain and nervous systemp. 12
A tour of the functional brainp. 13
Cognitive functionsp. 16
Neurons and cell communicationp. 18
How things go wrongp. 20
Signs and symptoms of dementiap. 22
Conditions that mimic dementiap. 23
Part 2 Understanding Alzheimer's disease
Chapter 3 What is Alzheimer's disease?p. 27
How Alzheimer's affects the brainp. 27
Mild cognitive impairment: A precursor to Alzheimer's disease?p. 31
How Alzheimer's progressesp. 32
Conditions that may accompany Alzheimer'sp. 37
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementiap. 39
Chapter 4 What causes Alzheimer's disease?p. 41
Early-onset and late-onset Alzheimer'sp. 41
Genetic factors affecting Alzheimer's diseasep. 43
Theories of what may cause Alzheimer's diseasep. 46
A complicated processp. 51
Chapter 5 Diagnosing Alzheimer's diseasep. 53
The importance of an early diagnosisp. 54
How does the doctor know if it's Alzheimer's disease?p. 56
How is the medical evaluation done?p. 57
Understanding the results of an evaluationp. 60
What happens after diagnosis?p. 61
Part 3 Treating Alzheimer's disease
Chapter 6 Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer's diseasep. 65
Working toward treatment goalsp. 65
Treating cognitive symptomsp. 67
Treating behavioral symptomsp. 70
Medication therapies for behavioral symptomsp. 74
Chapter 7 New directions in Alzheimer's researchp. 77
The clinical trial processp. 78
Treatment strategies under investigationp. 82
Using imaging in Alzheimer's researchp. 88
Who supports Alzheimer's research?p. 89
Quick guide for caregivers
Activities of daily livingp. 95
Difficult moods and behaviorsp. 111
Difficult issues or decisionsp. 131
Common medical concernsp. 151
Part 4 Caregiving for Alzheimer's disease
Chapter 8 Becoming a caregiverp. 161
Initial stepsp. 161
Revealing the diagnosis to othersp. 163
Changing roles and responsibilitiesp. 164
Impact on family and careerp. 165
Dealing with your own emotional and physical reactionsp. 167
Finding supportp. 169
Chapter 9 Day-to-day carep. 171
Adjusting your expectationsp. 172
Assessing independencep. 172
Behavior changesp. 177
Communicationp. 178
Environmentp. 180
Activities of daily livingp. 181
Chapter 10 Planning long-term carep. 183
Introducing your loved one to a new care arrangementp. 184
Living arrangementsp. 185
Additional servicesp. 187
Finding the best care arrangementp. 189
Assessing your financial situationp. 192
Financial servicesp. 193
End of lifep. 196
Additional resourcesp. 197
Indexp. 205