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The Alzheimer's Answer Book
The Alzheimer's Answer Book
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  Product Description Q&AIs 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...
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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.

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Introduction

(Reprinted courtesy of Sourcebooks, Inc.)

            I think it's impossible to write a book about Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses without having it become personal.  Like many, or even most Americans, my life has been touched by losing someone I loved through dementia.  For me it was my grandmother, who was sharp as a tack through her mid-eighties and then began to lose her memory and other abilities, likely through a series of strokes.  I watched as my mother and aunt became caregivers and took on ever greater responsibilities as my grandmother's condition deteriorated.  Other family members pitched in expertise and assistance for the necessary financial planning, legal advice, help with moves-from her own apartment, to assisted living, to a nursing home--and emotional support.  In the end my grandmother couldn't recognize her children and required total care.

As my own family was going through this, I was working as a geriatric psychiatrist helping other families plan and strategize.  As a young doctor I was impressed at how different each family's treatment of Alzheimer's and other dementias was.  While the diagnoses are relatively easy to make, what comes after and the layers of planning and information that families and caregivers need is enormous. This is why I wanted to write this book-when I meet with families in which the mother/father/husband/wife has been diagnosed with a dementia, what strikes me are the barrage of questions they need answered.  "How do you know it's Alzheimer's?  How do we handle it when she wanders?  How does someone qualify for Medicaid?  How do I pick a Medicare D policy for Mom? I read in the paper that substance X is a magic cure, is that true?"     

I've arranged the book into brief chapters (Click here for the table of contents) that will get you to the information you want as quickly as possible.  The book can be read straight through, but it's also fine to jump to your particular questions.  At the end I've included appendices with contact information to important agencies on aging in your state, as well as advocates for people living in extended care facilities.  There's also, courtesy of Yale University 's Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, a comprehensive questionnaire that can be of great assistance when you go to seek professional help.

If you are a caregiver, or a person with a dementing illness, I hope this book eases your journey.  Remember that you are not alone; there are millions of other families going through something quite similar.  There is help to be had and there is, most certainly, hope. 

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About Charles

Welcome to my author page. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker.
I write both fiction and non-fiction, including the Barrett Conyors forensic thriller series as well as books on Alzheimer's and Bipolar Disorder. My newest series is...

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