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Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's disease : with directories of research, treatment, and care facilities
Moore, Elaine A., 1948-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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xi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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RC523 .M665 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The first and largest section of this encyclopedia offers such entries as disease pathology (genetic influences, disease stages and diagnosis), brain anatomy and physiology (cellular and biochemical cholinergic changes, the nervous system and plaque formation), disease process (stages and subtypes of Alzheimer's, coexisting illnesses and associated disorders), research and treatment (therapeutic options, drug efficacy and clinical trials), care and caregivers (memory aids, caregiver burdens and respite care) and government programs (laws, research centers, and federal insurance programs). Section Two is a directory, by state, of the National Institute of Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Centers, and government, clinical and university affiliated treatment and research centers. Section Three is a directory of home care providers and assisted living, adult day care and long-term residential facilities, noting location, special accommodations, certifications, number of beds, accreditations, insurance information, and URL if available.

Author Notes

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She lives in Sedalia, Colorado. Her daughter and coauthor Lisa Moore works as a policy analyst for the federal government in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. She lives in Tucker, Georgia
Illustrator Marvin G. Miller is a clinical chemist. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Amazon lists almost 100 titles on Alzheimer's disease published in 2002 alone. They range from medical texts to children's books as well as personal narratives and caregiver information. A reference title is hard to find, but this one fills the gap. The first of the book's four sections contains entries on disease pathology, brain anatomy, research, current treatment, caregiving, and government programs. Topics such as disease stages, drug action and effectiveness, and clinical trials are covered in definitions ranging from a sentence to several paragraphs. Section 2 is a national list (by state and city) of long-term care and day-care treatment centers. Information for each facility includes the type of care provided, the number of beds, and the types of insurance accepted. The third section lists institutions involved in government-funded research projects, some of which conduct clinical trials. Resources, the last section, contains a list of organizations that either conduct trials or serve as a clearinghouse for this important activity. Also found here are a short bibliography and referral information on a variety of resources for caregivers. The encyclopedia will be a useful tool for public, academic, and medical libraries and also for health information consumers. The latter group will find not only the names of the most recent drug treatments but also a checklist to assess nursing homes and an entry outlining the progression of Alzheimer's. For both the professional and the consumer, this title fills a need and provides a starting point for further exploration. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Alzheimer's is an immensely complex disease affecting about 35 percent of the older population. Although no cure is yet available, ongoing research in genetics, biochemistry, neurology, psychopharmacology, and other disciplines has led to a growing understanding of this devastating disorder. This encyclopedia covers a host of topics related to Alzheimer's, including brain pathology, anatomy, and chemistry; drug and nondrug therapies; genetics; landmark research studies; caregiving issues; diagnostic techniques; and professional organizations involved in Alzheimer's care and research. Unfortunately, the brief entries do not adequately explain complex concepts in terms easily understood by nonprofessional readers, and the drawings illustrating brain anatomy and physiological processes are not especially helpful. More than half the text is devoted to a directory of treatment and adult day-care centers, and a scanty resource list-soon to be out-of-date-tries to cover too much: books, journals, web sites, ongoing clinical trials, research facilities, and organizations. Another drawback is that neither author has a background in gerontology or Alzheimer's: Elaine is a hospital lab technician, and daughter Lisa is a policy analyst and coauthor of Graves Disease: A Practical Guide. Nor is there an editorial board or other evidence of professional contribution or review. A far better source of current information can be found online at the Alzheimer's Association (, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (www., and other related sites like A print encyclopedia aimed at lay readers would be an invaluable resource for consumer health collections, but this is not it. Not recommended.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

As the older population increases, so does the number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, one of the leading causes of death among the elderly. At present there is no cure, although great strides have been made in arresting the development of the disease. The first section of this encyclopedia explains terms (e.g., scientific, health plans, organizations) relating directly or indirectly to the disease. Entries vary in length but include cross-references and numerous black-and-white drawings that help clarify some terms. The next section has three directories (treatment centers listed by state and city, research facilities by state, and resources) followed by an index. Alzheimer's Disease Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information about Alzheimer's Disease, Related Disorders, and Other Dementias (2nd ed., 1999) covers much the same ground and may be more useful to caregivers, but for a comprehensive reference on Alzheimer's, the Moores' resource would be an excellent choice. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public libraries; colleges and universities with programs in gerontology, health, and nursing. T. M. Racz Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Encyclopediap. 1
Long Term and Day Care Treatment Centersp. 153
Research Facilitiesp. 349
Resourcesp. 353
Indexp. 369