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"The author provides detailed explanations on the differences between normal brain aging and dementia, and helps readers to understand options when it comes to assisted care, prevention strategies, risk reduction and environmental modification." -- SciTech Book News, March 2009 "Any health library will find this an excellent, basic consumer's pick." -- The Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, March 2009 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joan Carson Breitung, RN, MA, MSN (Springfield, MA), is a board member of the Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., and a member of the leadership committee of the Alzheimer’s Association West in Springfield, MA. She is the author of six books, including Understanding and Managing Dementia, which won a 2005 British Medical Association Award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (August 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026174
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've just completed a Home Study course, Forgetfulness-VS-Dementia, with Breitung's 'Forgetting: When to Worry, What to Do,' as the required reading for testing. Although I'm an RN satisfying continuing education units, I can say, wholeheartedly, that this book has something for everyone. While medical professionals will gain knowledge from Breitung's work; it is also written in a user-friendly style, that will be just as helpful for lay people struggling to care for a loved one with declining cognition.

Those who may be worrying that their own little slips in memory might portend Alzheimer's for their future, will learn the different types of dementia; when forgetting is deadly serious, and, when it's not necessarily a red flag, and, how a mentally stimulated mind, is one at lower risk. As a health care provider, and, daughter of a mom beginning to suffer some cognitive decline, not only did I find this a well written, researched, and informative book; I found it to be an IMPORTANT book.

According to Brietung and other resources, we are sitting on the edge of an epidemic. Breitung states that there are currently 5 million people in the US living with Alzheimer's. These numbers will go up tremendously, as many aging baby-boomers succumb to this dreaded disease. The cost to our already fragile health care structure in providing the, 8 to 10 years of supervised care often required, will not be sustainable. Everyone will be affected, whether they face these issues in their family, or not. This is definitely something the health care industry needs to prepare for, now; something that every family needs to think about, should the disease strike home.
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What differentiates normal brain aging from more serious symptoms of confusion and cognitive impairment? From Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia to Mild Cognitive Impairment's common causes and diagnosis, chapters discuss all aspects for forgetting, consider caregiver challenges, and offer advice on long-range solutions and planning. Any health library will find this an excellent, basic consumer's pick.
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This book is comprehensive & easy to understand when it comes to matters of Mild Cognitive Impairment and other conditions.
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