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What If It's Not Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia Paperback – October 1, 2003
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This book talks about other causes of dementia besides Alzheimer's. It focuses more heavily on Frontotemporal Dementia or FTD. There is growing evidence that a large percentage of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's actually have had or do have FTD. This was the case with my mother. So what's the big deal? Both kinds of dementia are debilitating and have no cure right? Well the big deal is when someone has Alzheimer's they can give them medicine that helps maintain memory for about 12-18 longer than without the meds. With FTD if you give that person the Alzheimer's meds because of a mis-diagonosis it can cause severe behavior problems. There is nothing you can give for FTD. I personally witnessed this problem with my mother after being put on an anti-Alzheimer's med. She had to be taken off of it since it caused some severe psychotic behavior. Had I or the doctor at the time know more about FTD there would not have been a false diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Why? It really is not that hard to make a proper diagnosis of FTD if you know and the doctor know what to look for.Read more ›
Robert Tell, Author of "DEMENTIA DIARY, A Care Giver's Journal"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful . Highly recommend for anyone who is a caregiver for dementia.Published 18 months ago by ponybus
Appreciated the focus on most current medical understanding of the conditions and causes of FTD. The medical terms were presented in a very clear and accessible way for the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MCS in Arlington TX
Good information but unfortunately didn't apply for my situationPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mayo Clinic Neurologist recommended it.
The writer explained what to expect as illness progresses.
and how to survive day by day.
This really has helped to understand FTD. It is stright forward covers a lot of different topics. It helps at each stage. I would highly recommend this book!Published on April 8, 2014 by JG
This book was recommend to me by a local Alzheimer's organization. I have found it very useful in understanding my mother's dementia. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Full of information for caregivers and/or family dealing with Alzheimer's. Especially "non typical" Alzheimer's or Alzheimer's symptoms. Very helpful for caregiversPublished on December 4, 2013 by DLS
My wife has had this disease for almost 4 years, and this book has provided information helping me to understand it to be a more helpful, compasionate, and determined... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by James K. Butler