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The first and largest section of this encyclopedia offers entries on such topics as disease pathology (genetic influences, disease stages and diagnosis), brain anatomy and physiology (cellular and biochemical cholinergic changes, the nervous system and plaque formation), disease process (stages and subtypes of Alzheimer's, coexisting illnesses and associated disorders), research and treatment (therapeutic options, drug efficacy and clinical trials), care and caregivers (memory aids, caregiver burdens and respite care) and government programs (laws, research centers, and federal insurance programs). Section two is a representative list, by state and city, of home care providers and assisted living, adult day care and long-term residential treatment facilities, noting location, special accommodations, certifications, number of beds, accreditations, insurance information, and URL if available. Section three is a state-by-state list of the National Institute of Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Centers along with numerous other government, clinical and university affiliated treatment and research centers. Section four is a guide to a wide selection of resources including books, journals, support groups, organizations, and Internet sites.
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Posted February 2, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.