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ID: 09463
Title:What If It's Not Alzheimer's? A Caregiver's Guide to Dementia. 2nd ed.
Publication Year: 2008
Format(s): Book Monograph
Language(s): English
Audience(s): Caregivers , Family Caregivers , Families of Patients , Physicians , Nurse Practitioners , Nurses
Author(s): Radin, L. ed.; , Radin, G., ed.
Source: Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 2008. 360 p.

Abstract: This second edition is a revised and updated caregiver's guide to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common dementia after Alzheimer's disease in people under 65 years of age. Designed to be both a resource and reference guide, it contains 23 chapters with practical information for health care professionals and families. Part 1 focuses on the medical aspects of FTD. It includes basic information about different types of neurodegenerative dementia as well as specific information about FTD including its clinical presentation and management, genetics, working with the health care team, drug treatments and other therapies, rehabilitation interventions, disease progression, the importance of autopsy, and future directions in FTD research. Part 2 discusses the management of daily care, including communicating, swallowing and eating, exercise and mobility, activities and socialization, hygiene and dressing, creating a safe environment, adapting to social and emotional changes, general medical care issues, and end-of-life care. Part 3, on caregiver resources, discusses home health care and adult daycare services, nursing home and assisted living options, support networks, and financial and legal issues in FTD care. Part 4 discusses caring for the caregiver, including getting respite and coping with loss and grief. The book includes a list of resources, suggested readings, and an index.

Notes: Copyright: yes.

Availability: Available from Prometheus Books. 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197. (800) 421-0351; (716) 691-0133; FAX: (716) 691-0137. Website: www.prometheusbooks.com. PRICE: $22.98. ISBN: 1591020875 (2003 edition); 9781591025849 (2008 edition).
Major Descriptor(s): DEMENTIA , FRONTOTEMPORAL-DEMENTIA , CAREGIVING , CAREGIVER-NEEDS , CAREGIVER-PATIENT-RELATIONS , ACTIVITIES-OF-DAILY-LIVING , COMMUNITY-SERVICES , SYMPTOMS , DIAGNOSIS , THERAPY , PSYCHOSOCIAL-ASPECTS , FRONTOTEMPORAL-LOBAR-DEGENERATION
Minor Descriptor(s): ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE , DEMENTIA-WITH-LEWY-BODIES , VASCULAR-DEMENTIA , GENETICS , STAGES , DRUG-THERAPY , PHYSICAL-THERAPY , AUTOPSY , FINANCIAL-PLANNING , SAFETY

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