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The spectrum of hope : an optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias /

The spectrum of hope : an optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias /
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Devi, Gayatri,
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The neurologist and Director of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services redefines Alzheimer’s as a spectrum disorder and offers hope and advice to both those diagnosed and their family members for maintaining dignity, independence and continuing to live fulfilling lives.
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616.8311 Devi KL Due Jan 17 2019
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Control No. 1289460
ISBN 9780761193098 -- (hardcover)
ISBN 076119309X -- (hardcover)
Author Devi Gayatri
Title The spectrum of hope : -- an optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias / -- Gayatri Devi, MD.
Physical Description xii, 324 pages ; -- 24 cm
Series Title Ask Alison recommended
General Note Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note Introduction -- Do I have Alzheimer's? Identifying memory disorders and the importance of early diagnosis -- I have Alzheimer's: now what? Alzheimer's as a spectrum disease -- and using a multipronged treatment approach -- Whether I have Alzheimer's disease is nobody's business but my own. When and how to share the diagnosis -- Do I need to quit my job? Continuing to work with dementia -- and knowing when to retire -- Who says I can't drive? Maintaining independence and dignity in Alzheimer's -- Will I pass this on to my children? The genetics of Alzheimer's -- and paths to prevention -- Do I face special challenges as a woman? Gender and Alzheimer's -- I just don't care about anything anymore. Treating depression and anxiety in dementia and what to do about apathy -- I'd be crazy not to be paranoid! Understanding paranoia, apraxia, and other frustrating behaviors, and how to effectively communicate when logic doesn't work -- I'm not lost -- I'm on the road less traveled. Why not to worry about wandering -- I can't take it anymore! Advice to caregivers -- self-care, stress reduction, and when to seek additional help -- I think my husband is cheating on me with my aide. Navigating sexuality: suspicion, affairs, and special arrangements -- Should I go to the hospital if I'm sick? Treating medical illness alongside dementia -- Whether you like it or not, here's what I want. Maintaining individuality in the face of Alzheimer's -- I would rather die at home. Living and dying with dignity -- in the comfort of home -- Gee, that must be depressing! My life as a physician specializing in Alzheimer's -- trials, rewards, and lessons learned.
Summary "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.
Subject Alzheimers disease
Subject Dementia




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Annotation 1 The neurologist and Director of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services redefines Alzheimer’s as a spectrum disorder and offers hope and advice to both those diagnosed and their family members for maintaining dignity, independence and continuing to live fulfilling lives.

Annotation 2

Imagine finding a glimmer of good news in a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. And imagine how that would change the outlook of the 5 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, not to mention their families, loved ones, and caretakers. A neurologist who’s been specializing in dementia and memory loss for more than 20 years, Dr. Gayatri Devi rewrites the story of Alzheimer’s by defining it as a spectrum disorder—like autism, Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects different people differently. She encourages people who are worried about memory impairment to seek a diagnosis, because early treatment will enable doctors and caregivers to manage the disease more effectively through drugs and other therapies.

Told through the stories of Dr. Devi’s patients, The Spectrum of Hope is the kind of narrative medical writing that grips the reader, humanizes the science, and offers equal parts practical advice and wisdom with skillful ease. But beyond the pleasures of great reading, it’s a book that offers real hope. Here are chapters on how to maintain independence and dignity; how to fight depression, anxiety, and apathy; how to communicate effectively with a person suffering from dementia. Plus chapters on sexuality, genetics, going public with the diagnosis, even putting together a bucket list—because through her practice, Dr. Devi knows that the majority of Alzheimer’s patients continue to live and work in their communities. They babysit their grandkids, drive to the store (or own the store), serve their clients, or otherwise live fulfilling lives. That’s news that 5 million people are waiting to hear.

 

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LJ Reviews 2017 November #1

With most baby boomers already in their 70s—and their surviving parents in their 90s—there is a rise in age-related Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias. Most people have a family member or friend who has a form of dementia, and many aging adults are concerned about their own cognitive health. Lenox Hill Hospital neurologist Devi (director, New York Memory and Healthy Aging Svcs.) views the disease as a spectrum disorder that presents and progresses differently in people. Early diagnosis is key: taking into account memory loss, language and life skills, and rate of progression, all of which may vary widely. People in early or preclinical stages can benefit from diet and lifestyle modifications and physical and cognitive exercises; those further along may experience improvement from medications as well as magnetic brain stimulation (not yet FDA-approved for AD). The author includes stories of her patients, most of whom live at home, though some continue to work, drive, and conduct other activities, with adequate and appropriate support. VERDICT Readers will feel the hope and compassion that guides Devi's work and learn to see AD and other dementias as more than a fearful disaster.—Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

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 author biography


Gayatri Devi, MD, MS, FACP, FAAN, is an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Downstate Medical Center. She is a board certified neurologist, with additional board certifications in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology, and she served on the faculty of New York University’s School of Medicine as Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry until 2015. She is the author of over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of memory loss, as well as the books Estrogen, Memory and Menopause (Alphasigma Press, 2000), What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer's Disease (Time Warner Books, 2004), and A Calm Brain (Dutton, 2012). She lives and practices in New York City.
 



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