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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a guidebook for everyone who deals with demented patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten the families of Alzheimer's patients as well as patients with other types of dementias, make them understand the patient and disease better, ease and improve their caregiving, inform them about expected consequences of the disease and suggest ways to manage the difficulties.
Audience: Audiences are family members and caregivers of demented patients and anyone who is in close contact with those patients. The book can also be helpful for primary care doctors, psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, nurses, social workers, and any clinician.
Features: The text covers basic information about dementia, particularly Alzheimer's type, most common problems related to those conditions, general principles and guidelines of caregiving, and new information on the financing and delivery of care. Additional information is provided about dementia research. The first two appendixes are designed to inform the reader about recent books, videos, web sides, addresses, and telephone numbers of U.S. and international organizations. The third appendix lists state offices of aging and nursing homes. The fourth appendix includes nursing home residents' rights. The language is very easy to read, and enables everyone to understand the information. There are no tables or illustrations.
Assessment: This is a very useful guide about dementia, its related difficulties and illnesses, available services for demented patients, and anticipated consequences of this disease. It is highly recommended to those who have family members with dementia or who are in close contact with those people.