Although uncommon in comparison to dementia in the elderly, early-onset dementia presents a huge problem for patients, their carers and physicians. This is the first comprehensive and international book on the subject, encompassing the clinical and neuropsychological features as well as the relevant advances in the neurosciences and patient management. After an introductory chapter on epidemiology, the book deals with assessment and evaluation, covers disorders mimicking dementia and describes the relevant advances in imaging, molecular pathology, neurochemistry and neuropathology. The focus then shifts to the main causes of dementia including Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, Huntington's disease, prion encephalopathies and inflammatory disorders. The final section of the book deals with treatment issues including drug interventions and opportunities for non- pharmacological management. John Hodges is an acknowledged expert in this field and has assembled a team of leading academics and clinicians from around the world as contributors.
Packed full of more than 101 practical and useful tips and how-to's - a truly helpful idea book for the caretaker of a parent or loved one impaired by Alzheimer's or dementia. The focus of the book is how to help a loved one continue to live independently as long as possible (with a physician's approval). Contains advice on how to improve your loved one's comfort, safety, and well-being; how to safeguard and organize documents and finances; information on legal concerns; checklists. Written in a lively readable style. CONTENTS: Introduction ADVICE FOR CAREGIVERS COPING WITH EARLY TO MODERATE ALZHEIMER'S BEHAVIORS Coping with the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's / Dementia Coping with Early to Moderate Alzheimer's Behaviors How to Create a Helpful "Memory Center" for Your Loved One Maximizing Safety and Security for an Impaired Parent Living Alone To Do's When You Visit a Parent Who Still Lives Independently When to Take the Car Keys Away / How to Provide Alternate Transportation The Role of Long-Distance Caregivers Knowing When to Place Mom / Dad in a Care Facility, and How Best to Do It Tips on Visiting Your Parent in a Care Facility Sharing Information on Your Parent's Condition Educating Others OTHER PRACTICAL MATTERS (LEGAL, FINANCIAL) Managing Your Parent's Bills, Taxes, Financial Records, Etc. Handling Legal Issues Handling the Costs of Alzheimer's / Dementia Care ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's Key Facts about Alzheimer's Some Thoughts on Alzheimer's / Dementia APPENDIX: CHECKLISTS 1 - Key Documents Checklist 2 - Financial Information Checklist 3 - Independent Living Aids Checklist 4 - Safety/Security To Do's 5 - Home Safety Checklist 6 - When Visiting Parent: Checklist 7 - Doctor Visit Checklist 8 - List of Prescriptions / Medications 9 - List of Parent's Physicians 10 - Care Facility Checklist Jessica Hatchigan is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the "Detroit News" and the "Detroit Free Press," and in "The Writer" and "Writer's Digest" magazines.
This book explains the key steps in planning and executing diagnostic test accuracy studies in dementia, with clear explanations of difficulties and pitfalls and with jargon clearly explained. The emphasis is on pragmatic diagnostic test accuracy studies which can be integrated into day-to-day clinical practice. The book is based on the author's experience over more than 10 years, which has resulted in the publication of many diagnostic test accuracy studies.
The text is structured as for a research publication on a diagnostic test accuracy study (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion), with a final chapter on Future Prospects. Each of the chapters is devoted to a practical and structured overview of each of these steps in performing and writing up such a study.
Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies in Dementia: A Pragmatic Approach is aimed at any clinician with an interest in dementia disorders: old age psychiatrists, geriatricians, neurologists, neuropsychologists and primary care physicians, as well as other professions allied to medicine. The book is also of interest to any clinician/researcher with an interest in diagnostic test accuracy studies.
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