Preventing Alzheimer's

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A revolutionary new approach to diagnose, treat, and delay the onset of the progression of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

One out of every two families in the United States has a member with Alzheimer's or a related disease. Using their "Shankle-Amen Dementia Screening Test" in conjunction with medication, supplements, and physical exercise, Dr. Shankle and Dr. Amen have developed a program to prevent, delay, detect, and possibly halt Alzheimer's disease. The plan, ...

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Overview

A revolutionary new approach to diagnose, treat, and delay the onset of the progression of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

One out of every two families in the United States has a member with Alzheimer's or a related disease. Using their "Shankle-Amen Dementia Screening Test" in conjunction with medication, supplements, and physical exercise, Dr. Shankle and Dr. Amen have developed a program to prevent, delay, detect, and possibly halt Alzheimer's disease. The plan, combined with Dr. Amen's revolutionary brain-imaging techniques (which allow physicians and patients to monitor the workings of an individual's brain and the effects of treatment), will teach readers to employ early detection screening tools and early intervention strategies to delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease as well as other forms of dementia.

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Publishers Weekly
The concept of "prevention through delay" as presented by Shankle, a neurologist, and Amen, a psychiatrist, is a proactive approach to thwarting dementia. They break this process down into three components that involve knowing and reducing those risk factors you can control; having a regular memory screening to detect problems early; and obtaining an accurate, early diagnosis and treatment. The authors include their Shankle-Amen Early Dementia Detection Questionnaire as a screening tool to assess risk factors, and follow with discussions on ways to reduce risks and take steps for prevention. Useful tables abound, providing a synopsis of environmental, acquired and modifiable risks for dementia; as well as a review of effective prevention agents. The chapter devoted to finding the right diagnosis offers practical advice on how to get a thorough assessment and drives home the importance of this step by telling readers that 95% of persons with dementia are diagnosed by their primary care doctor four or more years after symptoms first appeared. The authors go on to offer an in-depth approach for patients to work with their doctor to make reversing memory loss "a reality." Although there is plenty of information on treating early dementia, much of it may be too technical for lay readers, and the accompanying photos (showing the brain before and after treatments) do little to elucidate treatment and prevention options. However, an excellent section on resources for caregivers and their families, as well as the aforementioned tables, are extremely helpful. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (June 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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As America's population ages, the incidence of memory disorders is predicted to increase dramatically. Both of the University of California, Irvine, noted neuroscientists Shankle (founder, Alzheimer's Disease Clinic) and Amen (psychiatry; Change Your Brain, Change Your Life) offer ways to delay the onset and to slow the progress of dementia and other serious memory disorders. They detail the delicate and amazingly complex nature of the human brain and its vulnerability to alcohol, drugs, diabetes, certain cancer treatments and heart surgeries, head injuries, and other causes. In addition, the authors explain how early detection and prompt treatment can allow those with mild memory loss to live full and active lives. Also covered: state-of-the art diagnostic techniques, available treatments (e.g., medications, herbs, vitamins, lifestyle modifications such as exercise and diet), risk reduction, and preventative methods, all illustrated with case stories. Finally, there are promising future treatments and a copy of the authors' Shankle-Amen Dementia Screening Test. Although the text lapses at times into technical terminology and acronyms, much of the information is summarized in table format for easy reference. A list of the numerous medications mentioned and their uses would have been helpful. Still, this is cutting-edge information from two leading researchers. An excellent addition to all aging, health, and mental health collections. [Expect demand from the authors' April appearance on Oprah. Ed.] Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399151552
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/22/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

William Rodman Shankle, M.S., M.D., is a neurologist, neuroscientist, and statistician who has evaluated, treated, and managed more than 7,000 patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The recipient of the Zenith Pioneer Award from the Alzheimer's Association in 2001, he was formerly the director of the UC Irvine Alzheimer's Disease Clinic and currently runs a community-based program for patients with dementia.

Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and the director of three large innovative clinics in California and Washington. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of the brain and behavior. Among his books are Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing ADD; and he is the coauthor of Healing Anxiety and Depression.

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Table of Contents

1. The Power of "Prevention Through Delay" 1
2. The Healthy Brain 11
3. Seven Ways to Lose Your Mind: How Memory Loss Starts 26
4. Know Your Risk: The Shankle-Amen Early Dementia Detection Questionnaire 69
5. Reduce Your Risk 75
6. Steps to Prevention 120
7. Finding the Right Diagnosis 162
8. Treatment for Mild Memory Loss and Early Alzheimer's and Related Disorders 179
9. Treatments for the Future 206
10. For Caregivers and Their Families: Resources 226
Appendix A PreventAD.com 235
Appendix B How to Find the Help You Need 238
Appendix C Frequently Asked Questions About Brain SPECT Imaging 242
References 245
Glossary 254
Resources 262
Product Sources 266
Acknowledgments 268
Index 270
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Lots of new info

    I am learning more from this book than numerous consultations and doctors appointments. I think many doctors should be reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Outstanding Book!

    Renowned specialists, Dr. Shankle & Dr. Amen, explain the most current research and information on Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, in very understandable terms, giving us hope that it can be slowed down for years when diagnosed early, and how to help prevent it from starting in the first place! I have enjoyed interviewing both doctors on my Internet radio program, Coping With Caregiving, and they both have so much information to share--which they do in this soon to be best-seller. Dr. Shankle also wrote a compelling and comprehensive chapter on diagnosing and treating dementia for my book 'Elder Rage'. Jacqueline Marcell

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