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The Alzheimer’s Answer Book

ISBN: 9781402213441

By: Charles Atkins

Published: 11/01/2008

Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Alzheimer’s Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers.

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Q&A Is Alzheimer's disease hereditary? Are there memory exercises I should be doing now? Is all dementia Alzheimer's, or are there other forms? How do I make time for both my parent with Alzheimer's and my children? How long can someone live with this disease? All caregivers and families touched by Alzheimer's and dementia face a seemingly overwhelming number of emotional decisions. The Alzheimer's Answer Book serves as a much-needed resource for you in this difficult time and is full of the sound advice and immediate guidance you need. Written by an experienced doctor who began his career as a geriatric psychiatrist, The Alzheimer's Answer Book covers such topics as: What are the causes of Alzheimer's and dementia What preparations do I need to make immediately after diagnosis? Are there medications available that help slow the progress of the disease? How can I tell if my parent is in pain? How can I avoid "caregiver burnout" when I'm constantly caring for a parent? Where can I find resources and support in my community? What are the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, and how do I know what insurance will and will not cover? Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Alzheimer's Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all of your most pressing questions.

About the Author

Charles Atkins M.D.

Charles Atkins, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist working in Waterbury, Connecticut. He’s on the clinical faculty at Yale University, where he trained. He has published over a hundred articles and columns, as well as psychological thrillers, including one with a hero who has bipolar disorder. His website is www.charlesatkins.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1: What Are Alzheimer's and Dementia?
Chapter 2: Dementia Basics
Chapter 3: Getting a Diagnosis
Chapter 4: The Dementia Evaluation
Chapter 5: Alzheimer's and Other Types of Dementia
Chapter 6: Treatments
Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Whole Person
Chapter 8: Medications
Chapter 9: Emotional and Behavioral Changes
Chapter 10: Keeping Your Loved One Safe
Chapter 11: Understanding Medicare
Chapter 12: Understanding Medicaid
Chapter 13: Advance Directives
Chapter 14: Other Legal and Financial Issues
Chapter 15: Nursing Homes and Extended-Care Facilities
Chapter 16: Caring for the Caregiver
Chapter 17: If You've Been Diagnosed
Chapter 18: The Family
Chapter 19: Hope for the Future

Appendix A: Chapter-by-Chapter References
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: Geriatric Questionnaire
Appendix D: State-by-State Guide to Resources and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs

Index
About the Author

Excerpt

EXCERPT FROM THE ALZHEIMER’S ANSWER BOOK

What is dementia?
Carl Grant was a partner in a high-powered Manhattan law firm. Two years short of retirement, he found himself struggling with ta...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.84 oz
Page Count: 352 pages

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