Alzheimer's Disease

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Firefly Books, 1998 - Alzheimer's disease - 215 pages
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Finally, a Compassionate Guide for a Devastating Journey.

"Molloy is my kind of doctor, and the one for my parents too! What you need to do now is read this book - it is wise, practical and necessary. Help your parents and yourself. Read this book..."
Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, Ph.D.
Director, Alzheimer Center, Cleveland, Ohio

"Dr. Molloy is a widely recognized expert in geriatric medicine. In this book, he distills his vast fund of knowledge for the concerned public. 'Alzheimer's Disease' is comprehensive and answers all of concerned family members' most commonly posed questions. This book is highly recommended."
Barry Reisberg, MD,
Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine Director, Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Alzheimer's Disease Education & Resource Program, NYU Medical Center

One in ten people aged sixty-five or over suffers from a kind of dementia, and three-quarters of those are considered to be Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive guide, the newest addition to the acclaimed Your Personal Health Series, provides important facts on this debilitating disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a devastating journey that impacts the entire family. As health systems are restructured from institutional to community care, more individuals will be cared for in the community. Family members must assume greater caregiver roles. Alzheimer's Disease is an informative book written in very understandable language that will benefit the non-professionals involved with the disease.

The book opens with a history of the disease. The authors use case histories of real people, which allow the reader to understand the impact the disease has on the victim and his or her family. Common signs of Alzheimer's are described, along with expected reactions of families coping with the disease. A description of alternative ways of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease is also provided, as well as practical tests that can be easily applied. Other chapters include information on caring for someone with Alzheimer's, what causes the disease, legal issues and treatments.

Alzheimer's happens not only to the people who have the disease, but also to those around them. Family and friends are companions who share the experience and the loss. One of the most powerful tools to help with the disease is education: "Alzheimer's Disease" is an excellent source of answers.

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Closeup of a Brain
Finding the Pattern Common Signs
Diagnosing Alzheimers Disease

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About the author (1998)

William Molloy, MD is a geriatrician specializing in treating patients with dementia and particularly Alzheimer's disease.

Paul Caldwell, MD, CCFP (C) has been a family physician for more than twenty years.

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