The Alzheimer's Action Plan: What You Need to Know--and What You Can Do--about Memory Problems, from Prevention to Early Intervention and Care (Paperback)
What would you do if your mother was having memory problems?
Five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, with a new diagnosis being made every seventy-two seconds, with millions more at risk. Although experts agree that early diagnosis and treatment are essential, families don't know where to turn for authoritative, state-of-the-art advice and answers to all of their questions.
Now, combining the insights of a world-class physician and an award-winning social worker, this ground-breaking book tells you everything you need to know, including:
The best tests to determine if this is—or is not—Alzheimer's disease
The most (and least) effective medical treatments
Coping with the effects
Gaining access to the latest clinical trials
Understanding the future of Alzheimer's
Clear, compassionate, and empowering, The Alzheimer's Action Plan is a must-read.
About the Author
P. MURALI DORAISWAMY, M.D., a renowned expert on brain longevity and mental health, is head of Duke University’s Biological Psychiatry division and a Senior Fellow at Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging. As Director of Psychiatry Clinical Trials at Duke for nearly ten years, he received numerous awards for his work as an investigator on landmark studies. The author of more than two hundred scientific articles, Dr. Doraiswamy has served as an adviser to the Food and Drug Administration, the American Federation for Aging Research, the National Institutes of Aging, and the World Health Organization, as well as leading Alzheimer’s medical journals and advocacy groups. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times, and on CBS News, The Today Show, NPR, and the BBC.
LISA P. GWYTHER, M.S.W., Associate Professor in the Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is a social worker with thirty-eight years’ experience in aging and Alzheimer’s services. She is the education director of the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke and the current president of the Gerontological Society of America. The author of 130 scientific and lay publications, she was honored in 1998 as one of the founders of the national Alzheimer’s Association, and has won national and state awards for documentaries on Alzheimer’s disease and creativity in Alzheimer’s programming. The mother of two and grandmother of four, she resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband of forty years.
TINA ADLER, a freelance writer and editor specializing in health and science, lives in Cabin John, Maryland. She cared for two family members who had Alzheimer’s disease.
“Check out "The Alzheimer's Action Plan," one of the best books about this illness to cross our desks. The authors, P. Murali Doraiswamy and Lisa Gwyther, explain -- in painstaking but lucid detail -- how to diagnose, treat and live with memory problems.” —The Wall Street Journal
“I fully expect that this exceptionally well-written, reader-friendly book will become the standard resource for patients with Alzheimer disease and their loved ones. ” —JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
“Verdict: Evidence-based content, conversational writing, and a good dose of humor make this an outstanding addition to collections on aging and caregiving and an excellent companion to Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins's The 36-Hour Day. Highly recommended.Background: This book is based on the belief that people with Alzheimer's "have the right to access the best, most personalized care possible." Physician Doraiswamy (chief of biological psychiatry, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr.) and social worker Gwyther (founder, Duke Univ. Alzheimer's Family Support Program; Steps to Success) compile a wealth of essential information on all aspects of memory disorders for both new and experienced caregivers and individuals with failing memories. Detailed discussions cover causes and diagnoses, disease-related behavioral and emotional changes, available and future drug treatments, the benefits of participating in clinical trials, and more, along with a host of practical tips intended to enable caregivers and patients to live the best life possible. Resources include "Our Top 40 Questions and Answers"; a list of dementia-related organizations, books, and web sites; and tips for maintaining a healthy brain. ” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Probably the most complete book we've seen on Alzheimer's in the many years we've looked at this disease.” —AARP Prime Time Radio
“[The Alzheimer's Action Plan] offers cutting-edge information about diagnosis, care, and clinical trials….Organized into a bite-sized format; bullet points, boxes, and checklists make the information readily accessible….The authors aspire to give readers the tools to take charge of their diagnosis and medical treatment, to continue living with their loved ones at the highest possible level of social and emotional functioning, to understand clinical research, to enroll in a clinical trial if they wish, and to understand what to expect and how to prepare. With its broad scope, the book offers an interdisciplinary overview of medical, scientific, psychological, and personal perspectives on AD. To this reviewer, reading this book felt like having a best friend who works in the field of Alzheimer's and gives insider information about navigating the medical system.” —The Alzheimer's Forum
“Dr. Doraiswamy has done a masterful job of communicating what the layman should know on the treatment, the care giving and most important, the prevention of Alzheimer's. It was gratifying to learn about the mountain of evidence that what is good for your heart is also good for your brain. ” —Arthur Agatston, M.D., cardiologist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The South Beach Diet
“The Alzheimer's Action Plan provides a clear and compelling message that there is something we can all do about Alzheimer's disease. The book presents accurate, up-to-date information and step-by-step recommendations that people with the disease, their families, and friends can use now to reduce the potentially devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease.” —Katie Maslow, M.S.W., Associate Director of Quality Care Advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association and winner of the 2003 ASA Award from the American Society on Aging
“Most of us will either get Alzheimer's or care for a loved one who has. This action plan can empower you to make a difference. ” —Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, You: The Owner's Manual
“This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide for the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease. Whether you are a health care professional or have Alzheimer's in your family or are simply interested to living to an old age, this book is a must read. ” —Deepak Chopra, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Health:The Complete Mind/Body Guide
“I love this book! A powerful and vital resource for people who need it the most. Dr. Doraiswamy is that unique blend of medical expertise mixed in with warmth and compassion topped off with humility that makes him rare and wonderful. ” —Leeza Gibbons, Emmy award-winning TV host and founder of Leeza's Place and the Memory Foundation
“A readable, informative and thorough guide to the early stages of Alzheimer disease. I highly recommend it. ” —Peter Rabins, M.D., co-author of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring For Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life
“Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, one of America's top memory and Alzheimer's specialists, has packed this book with expert advice and compassionate wisdom, creating an indispensable guide for anyone concerned about their own memory or that of a loved one. Both accessible and comprehensive, this is a must-read not just for families, but for their doctors as well. ” —Gary Small, M.D., Director, UCLA Center on Aging, and author of The Memory Bible and The Longevity Bible
“Memory does matter. Adults across the life cycle are asking questions, many questions! The authors answer these questions for the educated public, family members who encounter memory loss in a loved one, and even adults who believe they are experiencing early memory loss. The answers are comprehensive and understandable, no small accomplishment given the plethora of new information available--information that at times is not only confusing but also conflicting. Ample sprinkling of case studies assure the reader that the authors not only read the literature, they listen to patients and families and take care of them. ” —Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., former Dean of Medical Education, Duke University School of Medicine; past President of the American Geriatrics Society
“If you and your family face the specter of Alzheimer's disease, run - don't walk - to get Lisa Gwyther's help. She combines many years of experience with empathy and respect for the patient. That results in the most sensible, compassionate and practical advice. Her guidance in the creation of ‘The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's,' and ‘The Forgetting's' Web site was invaluable. She is my hero. ” —Naomi S. Boak, Executive Producer, Emmy Award-winning PBS special, "The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's"
“Lisa Gwyther is a national treasure. She has been a pioneer in providing innovative care and education for Alzheimer's patients and their families for many years. Lisa's long experience helping families cope with the challenges of memory loss and Alzheimer's disease makes her uniquely qualified to co-author this book. Families experiencing the new world of memory loss and Alzheimer's couldn't ask for a better companion for the journey. Her warmth, compassion, and wisdom shine through, and will help light the way. ” —Pat Lynch, Director of Communications, Alzheimer's Center Program, National Institute on Aging