This is the number one book for you.
Memoirs, how-to’s, novels about Alzheimer’s are published seemingly daily. But if you want a book that is simple and direct, try The Alzheimer’s Answer Book: Professional Answers to More Than 250 Questions about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Written by Charles Atkins, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, who began his career as a geriatric psychiatrist, the Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all of your most pressing questions, such as:
- What preparations do I need to make immediately after diagnosis?
- Are there medications available that help slow the progress of the disease?
- How can I tell if my parent is in pain?
- How can I avoid “caregiver burnout” when I’m constantly caring for a parent?
- Where can I find resources and support in my community?
Atkins, like many writers in this field, came to the topic through personal experience. He lost his grandmother likely to vascular dementia, after a series of mini-strokes, although she had been sharp as a tack through to her mid-eighties.
As he writes in the intro: “As a young doctor I was impressed by how different each family’s treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias was.
“Whle the diagnoses are relatively easy to make, what comes after them, and the layers of planning and information that families and caregivers need, is enormous.”
There is also a state-by-state guide to resources and long-term care ombudsman programs.
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