The Spectrum of Hope

The Spectrum of Hope

An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition.
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"By defining Alzheimer's Disease as a spectrum disorder---like autism, it affects different people differently---Dr. Gayatri Devi offers new hope for its millions of sufferers. A neurologist who's been specializing in dementia and memory loss for more than 20 years, Dr. Devi shares the stories of her patients in the kind of narrative medical writing that grips the reader, humanizes the science, and offers equal parts practical wisdom and advice. She explains the importance of an early diagnosis; drugs and therapies that can help manage the disease; and how to cope, from maintaining independence to the best ways to fight depression and apathy. There are chapters on sexuality, genetics, communication, even staying on the job---because through her practice, Dr. Devi knows that the majority of Alzheimer's patients continue to live and work in their communities. They babysit the grandkids, drive to the store (or own the store), serve their clients, or otherwise live fulfilling lives."--Back cover.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432846473
1432846477
Branch Call Number: 616.831 DEVI
Characteristics: 573 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Mar 09, 2019

Dr. Devi's writing is clear and engaging, and she peppers the complete narrative with very human anecdotes from her decades of clinical practice. She argues for the more current vision of Alzheimer's dementia not as an immediate death sentence, but rather as a "spectrum disorder," with many contributing causes and a range of effects on cognition, memory, activities of daily life, and speed of onset. Positively speaking, this allows her to care for those with dementia - and their family caregivers - in a more nuanced manner. Her book, similarly, allows for a wide span of reactions and tips for handling work, independence, love, wandering, psychological symptoms, and even end-of-life issues.

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