Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's Disease: With Directories of Research, Treatment, and Care Facilities

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In this comprehensive guide to Alzheimer's Disease, detailed and wide-ranging information is presented in an easy-to-use, alphabetical format. This illustrated reference covers hundreds of names and terms associated with such topics as disease pathology, brain anatomy, research, therapeutic options, caregivers, and government programs.
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Alzheimer's is an immensely complex disease affecting about 35 percent of the older population. Although no cure is yet available, ongoing research in genetics, biochemistry, neurology, psychopharmacology, and other disciplines has led to a growing understanding of this devastating disorder. This encyclopedia covers a host of topics related to Alzheimer's, including brain pathology, anatomy, and chemistry; drug and nondrug therapies; genetics; landmark research studies; caregiving issues; diagnostic techniques; and professional organizations involved in Alzheimer's care and research. Unfortunately, the brief entries do not adequately explain complex concepts in terms easily understood by nonprofessional readers, and the drawings illustrating brain anatomy and physiological processes are not especially helpful. More than half the text is devoted to a directory of treatment and adult day-care centers, and a scanty resource list-soon to be out-of-date-tries to cover too much: books, journals, web sites, ongoing clinical trials, research facilities, and organizations. Another drawback is that neither author has a background in gerontology or Alzheimer's: Elaine is a hospital lab technician, and daughter Lisa is a policy analyst and coauthor of Graves Disease: A Practical Guide. Nor is there an editorial board or other evidence of professional contribution or review. A far better source of current information can be found online at the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (www. cms.gov), and other related sites like www.clinicaltrials.gov. A print encyclopedia aimed at lay readers would be an invaluable resource for consumer health collections, but this is not it. Not recommended.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414383
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Encyclopedia 1
Long Term and Day Care Treatment Centers 153
Research Facilities 349
Resources 353
Index 369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    Excellent Resource

    When I saw that both Booklist and the NY Public Library Association chose this book as a best reference resource, I decided to buy it. My money was well spent. This is by far the best book on Alzheimer's disease I've found, both in bookstores and in libraries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Excellent book for learning about this disease

    After hearing that The Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's Disease was honored as one of the top 25 reference books for 2002 by the New York Public Library Association, I immediately went out and bought this book. Now, when I talk to my mother's doctor, I quickly look up the unfamiliar terms and understand everything that he is saying. My husband's father also has Alzheimer's Disease and lives in another state which was making things difficult in finding the proper care for him. The Nursing Home Directory in the book helped us locate a good home for him that works closely with us even from a distance. Having 2 family members with Alzheimers is difficult to say the least, buying this book made it so much easier for us to understand what is going on and what we can expect in the future. I was fortunate in meeting the authors at the Library's award ceremony. The authors' backgrounds in pharmacology, immunology and public housing provided them the necessary background to thoroughly investigate all of the aspects of Alzheimer's Disease and its care. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease. It's also a must for anyone who needs to arrange for the care of a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease or a related disorder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Everything you Need to Know in One Book

    This comprhehensive guide contains up to date information about the risk factors, diagnosis, care, conventional and alternative treatment options, stages and disease course of AD; it also discusses the focus of current research, describes brain anatomy and neurochemistry and explains the changes seen in AD and other forms of dementia. The encyclopedia section is followed by a guide to research facilities, educational and support resources; the book's second half contains a comprehensive listing of nursing homes suitable for AD patients. This is a must-have for anyone involved with AD and related dementias. It provides insight into the nature of AD and describes therapies, lifestyle changes and treatments designed to halt the disease process.

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