Multi-disciplinary research

Alzheimer's and other Dementias (2011)

Author(s): Hughes JC

    Abstract: Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarize important concepts covered in the text Includes invaluable Resource section with suggested further reading and contact information for patient organizations and support groups Features numerous Case Histories and Patient Perspectives which provide practical realistic examples throughout With more people in the world living into older age, Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts takes a comprehensive look at the spread of dementia, and provides authoritative information and practical advice for sufferers, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.Written by a consultant in old age psychiatry, the book provides an overview of all the different types of dementia (including younger-onset dementias), from the most-recognized - Alzheimer's - to the less-frequent types, such as those caused by inherited metabolic disorders or HIV. The book guides the reader step-by-step through how the brain works, and explains in clear and simple language the effect of dementias on the brain, and the impact on an individual's cognitive function.A dedicated chapter explains how a diagnosis is reached, including the different modes of assessment, from blood tests carried out by a GP, to specialist scans, highlighting how the brain actually works. Detailed sections cover the latest treatments available, including the controversial use of antipsychotic medication, and the possibility of disease-modifying treatments in the future.The book also explains how the multi-disciplinary team works together to look after the sufferer's social needs, such as bathing and washing, as well as their spiritual and palliative needs. Alzheimer's and other Dementias: The Facts provides all the relevant information and guidance for sufferers, family and their care-givers to choose the right intervention at the right time, to create - as the book advocates - a unique and personalized management plan. Readership: Sufferers of alzheimer's and other dementias, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them.

      • Series Title: The Facts
      • Number of Pages: 192
      • Publisher: Oxford University Press
      • Publication type: Authored book
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, Dementia


      Professor Julian Hughes
      Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry