Alzheimer's disease is a vastly underrecognized disease that primarily appears in patients age 65 and older. It affects the entire family of those afflicted and has a tremendous impact on our health care systemthe Alzheimer's Association estimates the cost of treating this form of dementia at $172 billion annually in the United States. Current treatment with medications has only limited success. Therefore, awareness of symptomswhich are often mistaken for aging or stressand early recognition of the disease are the best ways to help patients and their caregivers.
Alzheimer's Disease is written to provide a broad overview of the disease, conveying all information and concepts in easy-to-read and understandable language. This text is intended for high school and college students, but is appropriate for general reading audiences as well.
- Includes case examples and firsthand family descriptions of the disease's effects to clearly illustrate the impact on sufferers and their loved ones
- The glossary lists key terms used in discussing Alzheimer's disease
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About the Author
Juergen H. Bludau is instructor of medicine at Harvard University, Boston, MA, and acting chief of clinical geriatric services and director of the Center for Older Adult Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, also in Boston. His published works include Aging, but Never Old: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement, a guide to geriatric medicine for the lay public.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Chapter 1 What Is Alzheimer's Disease? 1
Chapter 2 What Causes Alzheimer's Disease? 15
Chapter 3 What Are the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease? 27
Chapter 4 How Is Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosed? 39
Chapter 5 How Is Alzheimer's Disease Treated? 59
Chapter 6 The Course and Complications of Alzheimer's Disease 79
Chapter 7 How Does Alzheimer's Disease Affect the Family and Caregivers? 89
Chapter 8 Scientific and Clinical Research in Alzheimer's Disease 103
Appendix A Narratives 111
Appendix B Timeline 123
Appendix C 10 Useful Web Sites 127