- Hardcover: 382 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition (September 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442217537
- ISBN-13: 978-1442217539
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding Alzheimer's: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers 1st Edition
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Surveys of adults find that Alzheimer’s disease trails only cancer as their most-feared illness. No cure for this neurodegenerative disorder exists. Ali provides a detailed guide that includes the science, history, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of the disease. The physician-author’s concern for not only Alzheimer’s patients but also their caregivers and loved ones is apparent. In a particularly compassionate section of the book, his focus is on coping with an illness that he frames as a tough and thorny “long goodbye.” Patience, consistency, and hope are identified as vital virtues in caring for Alzheimer’s patients. Long-term planning is essential. Attention to safety, pain, and fragility are mandatory. Problems with wandering, restlessness, paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, and agitation are emphasized. The five FDA-approved drugs for managing Alzheimer’s disease are reviewed. Research efforts (stem cell therapy and potential new medications) are mentioned. Care is costly—financially and personally. Ali acknowledges the physical, mental, and emotional stress involved. Like the disease itself, the sheer bulk of information contained here can be overwhelming, yet it is invaluable. --Tony Miksanek
"I'm recommending this well-organized, tough-hitting new book." -- Evander Holyfield, Five-Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
"...Ali provides a detailed guide that includes the science, history, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of the disease... The physician-author's concern for not only Alzheimer's patients but also their caregivers and loved ones is apparent. In a particularly compassionate section of the book, his focus is on coping with an illness that he frames as a tough and thorny long goodbye... Like the disease itself, the sheer bulk of information contained here can be overwhelming, yet it is invaluable." -- Booklist
Ali (Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach) has produced a work that clearly demonstrates his enthusiasm both for the topic and for research. Lists of resources are included. (Library Journal)
The landscape of dementia is both terrifying and mystifying for clients, caregivers, and families. This book goes a long way toward orienting readers from all walks of life to the journey upon which they have unwillingly embarked along with the affected loved one or family member. (Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., director, Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health, Mount Sinai Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research)
Understanding Alzheimer's: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers is a remarkably-organized and astoundingly well-researched guidebook for one of the world's foremost growing concerns. Dr. Ali has presented us with a tome that is a road map of hope for patients as well as all types of caregivers of patients afflicted with Alzheimer's. His realistic, practical approaches in dealing with this initially frightening diagnosis should bring a degree of peace and solace to all of us. He includes a wealth of information about alternative approaches, new treatments, and the most up-to-date research available. (Moshe Lewis, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehab, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus)
In his most recent work, Understanding Alzheimer's, Dr. Naheed Ali provides a much anticipated explication of Alzheimer's disease. The book offers a clear but detailed presentation of the factors that contribute to the disease, both chemical and structural, with a keen eye towards the types of evaluation or treatment a physician may conduct or prescribe. The book is unquestionably a very thorough and comprehensive discussion of Alzheimer's in a single volume and thus, serves as a useful tool to anyone who has a family member with Alzheimer's, who has concerns about developing Alzheimer's later in life, or is a caregiver. (Amanda Itzkoff, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital)
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I only hope that it covers the latest study led by Li-Huei Tsai, PhD, according to Tsai, "HDAC2 inhibitors are appealing, as they could possibly reverse Alzheimer's symptoms even after the blockage is well-established, although significantly more medication development needs to be conducted before using such drugs in human trials."