Reviews for Preventing Alzheimer's : prevent, detect, diagnose, treat, and even halt Alzheimer's disease and other causes of memory loss

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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Two experts offer a new approachAand some useful self-diagnostic tests. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.