Defying Dementia: Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer's and Related Disorders / Edition 1

Defying Dementia: Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer's and Related Disorders / Edition 1

by Robert Arthur Levine M.D.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275989704

ISBN-13: 9780275989705

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Written to encourage defensive action, Levine's book is meant both as a guide and a reference to understanding and preventing dementia. It is intended for lay people interested in learning about dementia and the measures that can be taken to repel its onslaught, as well as for caregivers and family members of impaired patients.Defying Dementia is presented in

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Written to encourage defensive action, Levine's book is meant both as a guide and a reference to understanding and preventing dementia. It is intended for lay people interested in learning about dementia and the measures that can be taken to repel its onslaught, as well as for caregivers and family members of impaired patients.Defying Dementia is presented in two sections. First, Levine explains the various types of dementia, its increasing incidence and current treatments, and the treatments being tested and on the horizon. The role of physiology and fresh insights from the field of genetics are included. The second section focuses on methods that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle to help avoid dementia.How do we motivate individuals to take action or change behavior in response to a possible threat that has not yet materialized? When the threat is dementia, argues longtime neurologist Robert Levine, it is an issue of considerable importance. The earlier the campaign is initiated to defeat this lurking foe, the greater the chances the combatant will emerge victorious.Written to encourage such defensive action, Levine's book is meant both as a guide and a reference to understanding and preventing dementia. It is intended for lay people interested in learning about dementia and the measures that can be taken to repel its onslaught, as well as for caregivers and family members of impaired patients.Defying Dementia is presented in two sections. First, Levine explains the various types of dementia, its increasing incidence and current treatments, and the treatments being tested and on the horizon. The role of physiology and fresh insights from the field of genetics are included. The second section focuses on methods that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle to help avoid dementia. Vignettes illustrate how dementia in its many forms can be recognized as it emerges.With proper actions on our part, we can achieve mastery, Levine writes. The transformation may not be easy, but recognizing the scourge that dementia is, and the way it devours the humanity of its victims, may inspire us to move ahead. Preparation is the key word; building solid defenses over time. And while any moment is worthwhile to begin this task, the earlier the better.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275989705
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

I Understanding Dementia 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Confounders of Dementia: Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Pseudo-dementia 21

3 Alzheimer's Disease 37

4 Fronto-Temporal Dementia-Pick's Disease 67

5 Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's Disease Dementia 79

6 Vascular Dementia and Mixed Dementia 101

7 Less Common Forms of Dementia 111

II Lowering the Risk of Dementia and Maximizing Cognitive Function 127

8 Accelerated Aging, Cognitive Reserve and What We Can't Control 129

9 The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise 141

10 The Need for Cognitive Stimulation and Socialization 157

11 Diet and Substances That May Reduce the Risk of Dementia 173

Afterword 191

Epilogue to the New Edition 193

Notes 215

Glossary 235

Index 239

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