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

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

by Robert A. Levine M.D.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

In this book, longtime neurologist Robert A. Levine argues that we can no longer ignore threats that loom uncertain in the future, pretending that dementia cannot happen to us. The earlier we begin to defend ourselves, the greater the chance we have to emerge victorious against this very real threat. Dementia is merciless, comes in various forms, and does not necessarily discriminate, so taking action early is one of our best defenses. Once dementia has taken hold, however, there are considerable challenges for both the sufferer and his or her loved ones. As American society continues to grow older, tackling one of the more confusing and frightening diseases becomes an urgent need. This book urges understanding, offers preventative measures, considers various treatments, and looks to the future to see where we might be headed. In a new epilogue, Levine updates the state of the research into dementia, its causes and constitution, and considers the various approaches both the medical community and everyday people can take to deal with it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442204836
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 844,976
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

I Understanding Dementia 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Confounders of Dementia: Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Pseudo-dementia 21

3 Alzheimer's Disease 37

4 Fronto-Temporal Dementia-Pick's Disease 67

5 Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's Disease Dementia 79

6 Vascular Dementia and Mixed Dementia 101

7 Less Common Forms of Dementia 111

II Lowering the Risk of Dementia and Maximizing Cognitive Function 127

8 Accelerated Aging, Cognitive Reserve and What We Can't Control 129

9 The Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise 141

10 The Need for Cognitive Stimulation and Socialization 157

11 Diet and Substances That May Reduce the Risk of Dementia 173

Afterword 191

Epilogue to the New Edition 193

Notes 215

Glossary 235

Index 239

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