Defying Dementia: Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer's and Related Disorders

Defying Dementia: Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer's and Related Disorders

by Robert Levine
     
 

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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 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

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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 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 various types of dementia, its increasing incidence and current treatments, and the treatments tested and on the horizen. The role of physiology and fresh insights from the field of genetics are also included. The second section focuses on methods that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle to avoid dementia.

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'How do we induce people to address a potential problem on the distant horizon when they currently feel well?' asks Dr. Robert Levine in his book Defying Dementia. Dr. Levine argues that readers must understand dementia and related disorders and then take action to prevent them before they occur. With this approach in mind, Dr. Levine has divided Defying Dementia into two sections: one that explains what dementia is; the other that focuses on the types of preventative actions that readers can take to avoid it. Throughout, the book is filled with short vignettes that illustrate how others can recognize the early signs of this devastating disorder.
Scitech Book News
This guide to understanding and preventing dementia is aimed at general readers, caregivers, health professionals, and family members of impaired patients. Levine provides an overview of types, causes, symptoms, and diagnosis; discusses normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and pseudo-dementia; and examines Alzheimer's disease, Pick's disease, Parkinson's disease with dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and vascular and mixed dementia. Preventative measures, such as exercise, cognitive stimulation and socialization, and diet, are preceded by a discussion of causes of accelerated brain aging and other factors.
CHOICE
Dementia, in its many forms, exerts a huge emotional, physical, and economic toll on victims, their families, and the social and health care delivery system. Gerontologists predict that by 2050, the number of people with these diseases will double. In this book, neurologist Levine provides an overview of the state of knowledge regarding Alzheimer's and related dementias. Written in a sophisticated but accessible style, the book is divided into two sections. The first explains the anatomy and physiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of dementias. The second section, titled "Lowering the Risk", features four chapters offering evidence-based lifestyle changes and interventions that could potentially decrease the risk of developing dementia and/or maximize cognitive functioning. Levine's intended audience is the intelligent layperson, but the book would be equally appropriate for selected health professionals or social service students seeking general coverage of the topic. . . . This succinct, credible resource on these devastating diseases sums up the present-day state of affairs and hints at the future.
Metapsychology
Defying Dementia is an informative book that might be useful to clinicians familiar with the disease and who would like to know more. A good deal of dementia-related research is summarized in a succinct and readable way given a background in neurology-related fields.
Choice
Dementia, in its many forms, exerts a huge emotional, physical, and economic toll on victims, their families, and the social and health care delivery system. Gerontologists predict that by 2050, the number of people with these diseases will double. In this book, neurologist Levine provides an overview of the state of knowledge regarding Alzheimer's and related dementias. Written in a sophisticated but accessible style, the book is divided into two sections. The first explains the anatomy and physiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of dementias. The second section, titled "Lowering the Risk", features four chapters offering evidence-based lifestyle changes and interventions that could potentially decrease the risk of developing dementia and/or maximize cognitive functioning. Levine's intended audience is the intelligent layperson, but the book would be equally appropriate for selected health professionals or social service students seeking general coverage of the topic. . . . This succinct, credible resource on these devastating diseases sums up the present-day state of affairs and hints at the future.
Martin J. Sadowski
Defying Dementia presents a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the field of dementing diseases. This scholarly written textbook depicts the entire breadth and depth of this uniquely complex subject with unusual clarity and ease.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Defying Dementia is an informative book that might be useful to clinicians familiar with the disease and who would like to know more. A good deal of dementia-related research is summarized in a succinct and readable way given a background in neurology-related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313069222
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
254 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Levine, M.D., is former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and retired clinical professor at Yale University. He has authored two other books, Aging With Attitude and Shock Therapy For The American Health Care System.

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