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The Alzheimer's Action Plan: What You Need to Know--and What You Can Do--about Memory Problems, from Prevention to Early Intervention and Care Paperback – April 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312538715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312538712
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Check out "The Alzheimer's Action Plan," one of the best books about this illness to cross our desks. The authors, P. Murali Doraiswamy and Lisa Gwyther, explain -- in painstaking but lucid detail -- how to diagnose, treat and live with memory problems.”  --The Wall Street Journal

“I fully expect that this exceptionally well-written, reader-friendly book will become the standard resource for patients with Alzheimer disease and their loved ones.” --JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

“Verdict: Evidence-based content, conversational writing, and a good dose of humor make this an outstanding addition to collections on aging and caregiving and an excellent companion to Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins’s The 36-Hour Day. Highly recommended. Background: This book is based on the belief that people with Alzheimer’s "have the right to access the best, most personalized care possible." Physician Doraiswamy (chief of biological psychiatry, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr.) and social worker Gwyther (founder, Duke Univ. Alzheimer’s Family Support Program; Steps to Success) compile a wealth of essential information on all aspects of memory disorders for both new and experienced caregivers and individuals with failing memories. Detailed discussions cover causes and diagnoses, disease-related behavioral and emotional changes, available and future drug treatments, the benefits of participating in clinical trials, and more, along with a host of practical tips intended to enable caregivers and patients to live the best life possible. Resources include "Our Top 40 Questions and Answers"; a list of dementia-related organizations, books, and web sites; and tips for maintaining a healthy brain.” --Library Journal (starred review)

"Probably the most complete book we’ve seen on Alzheimer’s in the many years we’ve looked at this disease." --AARP Prime Time Radio

“[The Alzheimer’s Action Plan] offers cutting-edge information about diagnosis, care, and clinical trials….Organized into a bite-sized format; bullet points, boxes, and checklists make the information readily accessible….The authors aspire to give readers the tools to take charge of their diagnosis and medical treatment, to continue living with their loved ones at the highest possible level of social and emotional functioning, to understand clinical research, to enroll in a clinical trial if they wish, and to understand what to expect and how to prepare. With its broad scope, the book offers an interdisciplinary overview of medical, scientific, psychological, and personal perspectives on AD. To this reviewer, reading this book felt like having a best friend who works in the field of Alzheimer's and gives insider information about navigating the medical system.” --The Alzheimer’s Forum

“Dr. Doraiswamy has done a masterful job of communicating what the layman should know on the treatment, the care giving and most important, the prevention of Alzheimer's. It was gratifying to learn about the mountain of evidence that what is good for your heart is also good for your brain.” --Arthur Agatston, M.D., cardiologist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The South Beach Diet

The Alzheimer’s Action Plan provides a clear and compelling message that there is something we can all do about Alzheimer’s disease.  The book presents accurate, up-to-date information and step-by-step recommendations that people with the disease, their families, and friends can use now to reduce the potentially devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.”--Katie Maslow, M.S.W., Associate Director of Quality Care Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association and winner of the 2003 ASA Award from the American Society on Aging

“Most of us will either get Alzheimer's or care for a loved one who has.  This action plan can empower you to make a difference.” --Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, You: The Owner’s Manual

“This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide for the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease. Whether you are a health care professional or have Alzheimer's  in your family or are simply interested to living to an old age, this book is a must read.” --Deepak Chopra, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Health:The Complete Mind/Body Guide

“I love this book! A powerful and vital resource for people who need it the most. Dr. Doraiswamy is that unique blend of medical expertise mixed in with warmth and compassion topped off with humility that makes him rare and wonderful.” --Leeza Gibbons, Emmy award-winning TV host and founder of Leeza's Place and the Memory Foundation

“A readable, informative and thorough guide to the early stages of Alzheimer disease. I highly recommend it.” --Peter Rabins, M.D., co-author of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring For Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life

“Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, one of America's top memory and Alzheimer’s specialists, has packed this book with expert advice and compassionate wisdom, creating an indispensable guide for anyone concerned about their own memory or that of a loved one. Both accessible and comprehensive, this is a must-read not just for families, but for their doctors as well.” --Gary Small, M.D., Director, UCLA Center on Aging, and author of The Memory Bible and The Longevity Bible

“Memory does matter. Adults across the life cycle are asking questions, many questions! The authors answer these questions for the educated public, family members who encounter memory loss in a loved one, and even adults who believe they are experiencing early memory loss.  The answers are comprehensive and understandable, no small accomplishment given the plethora of new information available--information that at times is not only confusing but also conflicting. Ample sprinkling of case studies assure the reader that the authors not only read the literature, they listen to patients and families and take care of them.” --Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., former Dean of Medical Education, Duke University School of Medicine; past President of the American Geriatrics Society

“If you and your family face the specter of Alzheimer's disease, run - don't walk - to get Lisa Gwyther's help.  She combines many years of experience with empathy and respect for the patient.  That results in the most sensible, compassionate and practical advice.  Her guidance in the creation of ‘The Forgetting:  A Portrait of Alzheimer's,’ and ‘The Forgetting's’ Web site was invaluable. She is my hero.” --Naomi S. Boak, Executive Producer, Emmy Award-winning PBS special, "The Forgetting:  A Portrait of Alzheimer's"

“Lisa Gwyther is a national treasure.  She has been a pioneer in providing innovative care and education for Alzheimer’s patients and their families for many years.  Lisa’s long experience helping families cope with the challenges of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease makes her uniquely qualified to co-author this book.  Families experiencing the new world of memory loss and Alzheimer’s couldn’t ask for a better companion for the journey.  Her warmth, compassion, and wisdom shine through, and will help light the way.” --Pat Lynch, Director of Communications, Alzheimer’s Center Program, National Institute on Aging

Book Description

What would you do if your mother was having memory problems?
Five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, with a new diagnosis being made every 72 seconds. Yet a survey of over 400 Alzheimer's specialists revealed that they would order more sophisticated tests and treatments for their loved ones than for the average patient.  Indeed, according to Psychiatry News, "Few Alzheimer patients get state of the art care."
Now this book from two leading experts gives the rest of us the inside track on:
*The best tests to determine if this is--or is not--Alzheimer's disease
*The most (and least) effective medical treatments
*Coping with behavioral and emotional changes
*Gaining access to the latest clinical trials
*Understanding the future of Alzheimer's
Clear, compassionate, and packed with information, The Alzheimer's Book sets a new standard for expert care.


 
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Customer Reviews

This is a great book with lots of good information.
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For those caring for a loved one with dementia, The Alzheimer's Action Plan is a helpful and hopeful guide to understanding diagnosis and treatment of dementia.
Susan F. Johnson
The Alzheimer's Action Plan is a book that I would highly recommend to families dealing with this disease.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Chilukuri on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book gives me the latest research based information from two world class experts on Alzheimer's in terms of diagnostic tools, treatment options, and caregiving issues and all the complexities involved with every one of these aspects.
As memory problems and dementia are to be faced by many of us in ourselves or our loved ones at some point in our lives, this great resource has helped me take better charge of this important issue.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sonia V. Hill on July 23, 2008
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This book has been a godsend for myself and my family. My Dad was recently diagnoised with Alzheimer's. This book helped me ask intelligent questions when speaking to his doctor. It's a diesease people know so little about. It's very helpful in helping determine what type of doctor a alzheimer suffer should be seeing and the test available. I wish I'd had this book when we first suspected there maybe a problem. I'm an avid reader and have read many self help books and this has to be one of the most helpful books I have ever read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Subuhi Husain on April 20, 2008
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As a family member taking care of a patient with Alzheimer's Disease this is a great guide to help in day to day care of your loved one. It also provides easy to understand complex medical treatment choices as well as social interventions. Highly recommended resource for Alzheimer's Disease. Great writing style.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daran Thomas on April 19, 2008
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When my 73 year mother started misplacing things and forgetting stories she had recently said, I was so worried. The Alzheimer's Action Plan helped me and my family understand more about her condition. This book brought a comfort and re-assurance to my and my siblings lives. Thank you Dr. Duroswami for spending the effort to bring all this information to one place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rae Lynn Ziegler on July 9, 2008
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If only this book had been available to my family when our mom was alive.
As a family, we had so much to learn in order to cope with the dynamic changes that occur with alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Despite the fact that we are a family who has several of us with medical backgrounds, and had a good network of connections, the information was never as clearly outlined and accessable as it is in this book.
Already, I have referred this comforting resource to several others since I purchased it a month ago.
Thank you to the co-authors for creating a book that offers the opportunity of wonderful support for so many who are trying to learn and to deal with this disease process.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Berg on April 23, 2008
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"The Alzheimer's Action Plan" demonstrates to the reader that indeed much can be done for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Caregivers, loved ones, and healthcare professionals will gain much insight into how to care most effectively for a dementia person. Keeping someone as mentally and physically active as possible is key, as the author explains. Read this book to see what you can do
by Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on May 16, 2009
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This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to understand Alzheimer's disease. Every caregiver should try to read it. Although the subject is difficult, the book was written to be easily read.
I have a family member with dementia, from Post Pump Syndrome, after having open heart surgery, and this explained a lot of questions I had.

Alzheimer's, dementia, is going to be a big problem in the future as we live longer.
I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan F. Johnson on May 12, 2008
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For those caring for a loved one with dementia, The Alzheimer's Action Plan is a helpful and hopeful guide to understanding diagnosis and treatment of dementia. But, the chapters on caregiving offer the most important advice on how to normalize life with a loved one suffering from dementia. Written with great wit and wisdom, the authors deliver a rich and easy read. This book will help you if you are living with or caring for a person with dementia.
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