Alzheimer's and other Dementias

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Author(s)Hughes JC
Publication type Authored Book
Series TitleThe Facts
Year2011
Volume
Number of Pages192
ISBN9780199596553
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Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarize important concepts covered in the text Includes invaluable Resource section with suggested further reading and contact information for patient organizations and support groups Features numerous Case Histories and Patient Perspectives which provide practical realistic examples throughout With more people in the world living into older age, Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts takes a comprehensive look at the spread of dementia, and provides authoritative information and practical advice for sufferers, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.Written by a consultant in old age psychiatry, the book provides an overview of all the different types of dementia (including younger-onset dementias), from the most-recognized - Alzheimer's - to the less-frequent types, such as those caused by inherited metabolic disorders or HIV. The book guides the reader step-by-step through how the brain works, and explains in clear and simple language the effect of dementias on the brain, and the impact on an individual's cognitive function.A dedicated chapter explains how a diagnosis is reached, including the different modes of assessment, from blood tests carried out by a GP, to specialist scans, highlighting how the brain actually works. Detailed sections cover the latest treatments available, including the controversial use of antipsychotic medication, and the possibility of disease-modifying treatments in the future.The book also explains how the multi-disciplinary team works together to look after the sufferer's social needs, such as bathing and washing, as well as their spiritual and palliative needs. Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts provides all the relevant information and guidance for sufferers, family and their care-givers to choose the right intervention at the right time, to create - as the book advocates - a unique and personalized management plan. Readership: Sufferers of alzheimer's and other dementias, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.
PublisherOxford University Press
Place PublishedOxford
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