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Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease Paperback – 1 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; 1 edition (Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893005224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893005228
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.7 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,424,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mayo Clinic On Alzheimer*s Disease

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Excellent resource for all types of memory loss/ senility/ dementia/ stroke/ not just Alzheimer's. This book was created by the highly regarded Mayo Clinic medical center and is meant for the average reader and caregiver. It covers the different ways in which a person can develop health conditions leading to the various diagnoses under the umbrella term: "dementia". Although the book title uses the term "Alzheimer's disease, it is more fair to say anyone with a loved one with any type of dementia could benefit from this book. In general terms, anyone whose loved one is confused, is losing memory, sense of self, becoming paranoid, can no longer handle money, is no longer safe to drive, or to cook, is becoming demented. It is not about mental illness but the forms of changes in the brain at any age, (but usually old age, that leads to these losses of or changes in, identity.) Stroke, vascular disease, even small vascular 'accidents' like "TIA's", alcoholism, diabetes, head injuries, chronic Depression, are all causes, as well as true Alzheimer's disease,(100% diagnosable only on autopsy.) Parkinson's Dementia is another--almost indistinguishable from Alzheimer's but little known (and doesn't always accompany Parkinson's.) All of these lead to years of frustration for the patient as memory fades and dignity is lost, and end in tragedy in the truest sense for patient and his or her loved ones. There is no cure, only some new medications that can slightly slow the process.
However this book is very helpful in having a central section specifically for caretakers, written in clear simple language, that addresses all of the main problems that caring for a memory-impaired, confused, demented person entails.
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I used this book whilst at college,due to a presentation I had to do on Alzheimers disease. Very imformative,easy to understand. It goes through each stage of Alzheimers disease,you shouldnt need any other book.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BY FAR the MOST HELPFUL book I've read on the subject 18 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've TENS of books on the subject (my mother was diagnosed) and this single book has been more helpful than the whole lot combined. I'm on the website now buying copies for all the members of my family and was surprised that no one else had reviewed this book. It has been indescribably informative, useful, comforting, and responsible for creating more peace for my family than you could imagine. Alzheimers is a horrible, heart-breaking disease; this single book has been singularly helpful to us in dealing with the challenges and choices we now face.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done! 4 Jan. 2005
By Jacqueline Marcell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think I have every book written on Alzheimer's, since I had two parents with it and felt compelled by the experience of caring for them to write my own book, but Dr. Petersen has put together a comprehensive guide which you should have if you suspect your loved one may be developing AD. The behaviors caused by Alzheimer's are complex to understand and manage, but this book will help you through it.

-Jacqueline Marcell, Author 'Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents', International Speaker on Eldercare & Alzheimer's
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not best option for most 19 May 2008
By Jan Malcheski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Disappointing. Weak effort from influential Mayo Clinic.

While this book may be a good resource for some, the main audience is of course spouses and families dealing with a loved one's presenting symptoms of early stage Alzheimer's. They (and more and more of 'us') are looking for good basic guides and guidance. This is NOT the book for them or 'us.'

Although collecting lots of decent information, way too much seems of limited relevance to the prime audience. Some of the content now seems to the lay reader rather dated. There is too much space given to multifaceted clinical dimensions and too little to support for spouses and families. But more importantly the book is poorly organized and presented. Overall it exhibits weak editing and/or perhaps the cobbling together of other Mayo publications.

In itself this is unfortunate in any book but with a resource of such importance, with the imprimatur and attendant authority of the Mayo Clinic itself, it is most disappointing. I imagine thousands of libraries have purchased this book based on the Mayo name to a large extent. For one of the most pressing and heartbreaking of health issues facing America, they and their patrons deserve better.

An improved edition of this book should rise to the top of Mayo Clinic's to do list...

Jan Malcheski
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for all types of dementia/ senility/ not just Alzheimer's 12 Aug. 2007
By gilly8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent resource for all types of memory loss/ senility/ dementia/ stroke/ not just Alzheimer's. This book was created by the highly regarded Mayo Clinic medical center and is meant for the average reader and caregiver. It covers the different ways in which a person can develop health conditions leading to the various diagnoses under the umbrella term: "dementia". Although the book title uses the term "Alzheimer's disease, it is more fair to say anyone with a loved one with any type of dementia could benefit from this book. In general terms, anyone whose loved one is confused, is losing memory, sense of self, becoming paranoid, can no longer handle money, is no longer safe to drive, or to cook, is becoming demented. It is not about mental illness but the forms of changes in the brain at any age, (but usually old age, that leads to these losses of or changes in, identity.) Stroke, vascular disease, even small vascular 'accidents' like "TIA's", alcoholism, diabetes, head injuries, chronic Depression, are all causes, as well as true Alzheimer's disease,(100% diagnosable only on autopsy.) Parkinson's Dementia is another--almost indistinguishable from Alzheimer's but little known (and doesn't always accompany Parkinson's.) All of these lead to years of frustration for the patient as memory fades and dignity is lost, and end in tragedy in the truest sense for patient and his or her loved ones. There is no cure, only some new medications that can slightly slow the process.
However this book is very helpful in having a central section specifically for caretakers, written in clear simple language, that addresses all of the main problems that caring for a memory-impaired, confused, demented person entails. Common sense ideas, down to earth and realistic are provided ("shut off the circuit breaker to stove; remove stove knobs.") Some other points to keep in mind: no one who is aging or aged AUTOMATICALLY becomes senile or confused. It is not a part of aging. If it is happening, the person should be checked out thoroughly-- medically,including screens for depression and nutrition as well.
There are tests to determine cognitive loss, including brain MRI's for brain atrophy, which can be a cause of any type of dementia, not just Alhemer's Disease. Psychologic and neuropyschologic testing in the earliest stages of concern are important to differentiate between dementia and depression for example, also the earlier this is diagnosed the better, as the medications available, though not perfect, are more useful when started early. And, family can step in early while the affected member can participate and make plans for Living Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and all of the other highly important legal documents that are ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL or soon will be. Another point made in this book is that 5% of all people feared to have Alzheimer's or some other similar syndrome, when checked out thoroughly by medical professionals are found to have low thyroid, depression, vitamin deficiencies, low grade malnutrition, metabolic problems, or drug intoxication (the elderly are often on multiple prescription medications and over the counter medicines,and often their aging kidneys and livers do not deal with these as a younger person's would and they can build up in their system to an unsafe level.) Therefore all of these need to be ruled out first.
A very thorough book, easily readable, packed full of information in only 210 pages, if you're only going to buy one book on this subject, this may well be the one to buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my "Must" readings for caregivers 15 April 2006
By Robert Tell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE MAYO CLINIC ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE will help all caregivers to cope with the loss of their loved ones as cognitively sound individuals. Dementia is a disease that knows no boundaries. It is blind to the categories in which we usually place our fellow human beings. It can occur at the age of 55 or 85. It can happen to Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, males and females, rich and poor. It has not spared ex-presidents. Tears are shed by husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters-in fact anyone responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia. I speak from personal experience. Dementia did not spare my mother whose 15 year journey into the opaque fog of this disease is told in my own recently published memoir. I recommend the Mayo Clinic book to anyone needing current professional information about this terrible disease.

Robert Tell, Author of "DEMENTIA DIARY, A Care Giver's Journal"
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