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Defying Dementia: Understanding and Preventing Alzheimers and Related Disorders

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ISBN: 9780275989705    Publisher: ABC-CLIO Year of publishing: 2006     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 180        
In developed countries around the world, life expectancy is increasing. But there is an associated cost. The longer we live, the greater the chance our minds will deteriorate and that, due to dementia,...Read more
In developed countries around the world, life expectancy is increasing. But there is an associated cost. The longer we live, the greater the chance our minds will deteriorate and that, due to dementia, we will be unable to control our own lives or live independently. Yet there are steps we can take now to lower our risk of developing dementia later in life. In this book, neurologist Robert Levine first explains the various types of dementia, its increasing incidence and current treatments, as well as treatments being tested and on the horizon. The role of physiology and new insights from the field of genetics is included. The second section focuses on methods we can all incorporate to avoid dementia, and the reasons those methods can be effective. Vignettes illustrate how dementia in its many forms, can be recognized as it emerges. Levine recognises that Baby Boomers, especially now, are attuned to the incidence of dementia in their parents' generation, as well as their own.
But, fuelled by remarkable self-efficacy and the will to live well as well as long, Levine argues that this generation and those that follow can take control of their lives in ways that can increase our chances of defying dementia.
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About the author: Robert Levine
ROBERT LEVINE, M.D., is former Chief of Surgery at Norwalk Hospital and retired Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.... Read more
ROBERT LEVINE, M.D., is former Chief of Surgery at Norwalk Hospital and retired Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the author of Aging with Attitude (Praeger, 2004).
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Review:
How do we induce people to address a potential problem on the distant horizon when they currently feel well?' asks Dr. Robert Levine in his book Defying Dementia. Dr. Levine argues that readers...Read more
How do we induce people to address a potential problem on the distant horizon when they currently feel well?' asks Dr. Robert Levine in his book Defying Dementia. Dr. Levine argues that readers must understand dementia and related disorders and then take action to prevent them before they occur. With this approach in mind, Dr. Levine has divided Defying Dementia into two sections: one that explains what dementia is; the other that focuses on the types of preventative action readers can take to avoid it. Throughout, the book is filled with short vignettes that illustrate how others can recognize the early signs of this devastating disorder." - Solutions "This guide to understanding and preventing dementia is aimed at general readers, caregivers, health professionals, and family members of impaired patients. Levine provides an overview of types, causes, symptoms, and diagnosis; discusses normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and pseudo-dementia; and examines Alzheimer's disease, Pick's disease, Parkinson's disease with dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and vascular and mixed dementia. Preventative measures, such as exercise, cognitive stimulation and socialization, and diet, are preceded by a discussion of causes of accelerated brain aging and other factors." - SciTech Book News "Dementia, in its many forms, exerts a huge emotional, physical, and economic toll on victims, their families, and the social and health care delivery system. Gerontologists predict that by 2050, the number of people with these diseases will double. In this book, neurologist Levine provides an overview of the state of knowledge regarding Alzheimer's and related dementias. Written in a sophisticated but accessible style, the book is divided into two sections. The first explains the anatomy and physiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of dementias. The second section, titled Lowering the Risk, features four chapters offering evidence-based lifestyle changes and interventions that could potentially decrease the risk of developing dementia and/or maximize cognitive functioning. Levine's intended audience is the intelligent layperson, but the book would be equally appropriate for selected health professionals or social service students seeking general coverage of the topic...[t]his succinct, credible resource on these devastating diseases sums up the present-day state of affairs and hints at the future. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, professionals/practitioners, and general readers." - Choice "Defying Dementia is an informative book that might be useful to clinicians familiar with the disease and who would like to know more. A good deal of important dementia-related research is summarized in a succinct and readable way given a background in neurology or related fields." - Metapsychology
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