Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

Health Reference Series

Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

More than five million Americans experience the progressive, incurable, fatal brain disorder known as Alzheimer disease (AD). AD destroys brain cells, causes memory loss and confusion, and worsens over time until patients eventually lose the ability to work, walk, and communicate. Americans spend $172 billion each year caring for people with AD—in addition to the 10.9 million unpaid caregivers, mostly family members and loved ones, who provide assistance to AD patients.

Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, 6th Edition, provides updated information about causes, symptoms, and stages of AD and other forms of dementia. It discusses the structure of the brain, how it changes with age, and the cognitive decline and degeneration that occur in dementia. Facts about testing, symptoms, clinical trials, and recent research efforts are also included, along with information about legal, financial, and medical planning and coping strategies for caregivers.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Facts about the Brain and Cognitive Decline provides information about healthy brain function and examines changes in cognitive function and memory that occur during the typical aging process. Facts about the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and prevalence of dementia— a brain disorder that significantly impairs intellectual functions—are also included.

Part II: Alzheimer Disease (AD): The Most Common Type of Dementia discusses AD, an irreversible and progressive brain disease and identifies the signs, symptoms, and diagnostic stages of this disorder, which affects more than five million Americans. Information about the role that genetics, brain injuries, and obesity play in the development of AD is also presented, along with facts about younger-onset AD, a form of the disease that affects people under the age of 65. Health Conditions linked to AD are also discussed.

Part III: Other Dementia Disorders identifies types, signs, and symptoms of dementia other than AD, including mild cognitive impairment, corticobasal degeneration, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, Huntington disease, Parkinson disease, and vascular dementia. The part also includes information on dementias caused by infections, such as AIDS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Part IV: Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Treating Symptoms of AD and Dementias explains neurocognitive and imaging tools used to assess and diagnose dementia, such as positron emission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and biomarker testing. Interventions used to manage AD and other dementias, such as medications for cognitive and behavioral changes, are identified, and information about participating in AD clinical trials and studies is included. The part concludes with an explanation of recent developments in AD and dementia research.

Part V: Living with AD and Dementias describes strategies for maintaining health and wellness after a dementia diagnosis. Patients and caregivers will find information about nutrition, exercise, dementia-related sleep problems, tips on telling someone about the diagnosis, strategies for slowing the rate of cognitive decline, and advice on pain, sleep problems, and sexuality in people with dementia. Information about Medicare and financial, legal, and health care planning is also included.

Part VI: Caregiver Concerns offers advice to those who care for people with AD or dementia. Strategies for coping with challenging behaviors, communicating, and planning daily activities for someone with dementia are discussed, along with tips on creating a safe environment at home. Caregivers struggling to control frustration and cope with fatigue will find information about long-distance caregiving, home health care, and nursing home care, as well as suggestions on evaluating difficult health decisions near the end of life.

Part VII: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms related to AD and dementia and a directory of organizations that provide health information about AD and dementia. A list of the Alzheimer Disease Resource Centers across the United States is also included.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, and selected original material
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts

Reviews

“This compilation of brain disease information, Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, brings together the most recent content on AD and other brain disorders. As a starting point or for general information, this book will be useful for patients, caregivers, and medical personnel seeking basic information. Public, medical, community, and clinic libraries will find this a useful primary tool. Recommended.”

— American Reference Books Annual, 2017