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on 15 September 2010
This book is a good straightforward guide for anyone who suspects or knows a loved one has dementia. It takes the reader through descriptions of the different forms of dementia with fairly detailed descriptions of the symptoms, then describes how diagnosis is performed, and the treatment options. There are chapters on how to get help with care, and also how to deal with being a carer, and the future prospects of a dementia sufferer. There are several diagrams showing how the brain works and how it is affected by the different dementias.
The book has been written by GPs and I found that the subject was dealt with in a somewhat detached way, however, I think some readers may prefer this approach as they are coming to terms with the situation. I also found it interesting to see the disease from the GP's point of view.
There are some basic tips for dealing with a dementia sufferer, but there is little detail in either understanding what your loved one is going through or for your approach to care. There are very few case histories. I would suggest it as a book for someone who is concerned about dementia, undergoing diagnosis or has just had a diagnosis confirmed.