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Forgetting: When to Worry, What to Doby Joan Breitung
Synopses & Reviews
Memory problems and the accompanying confusion can have any number of causes. As the elderly population swells with the aging of 77 million baby boomers, Americans will increasingly face the challenge of trying to understand and cope with problems associated with cognitive decline.
This informative, user-friendly guide defines the kinds of memory problems that have straightforward explanations and remedies, as well as those that are more complex and ominous. Author Joan Carson Breitung, an expert on the mental health of the elderly, clarifies the difference between normal brain aging and the onset of dementia.
Among the important topics included are:
• Mild Cognitive Impairment: the two most common causes, treatment, and controversial aspects of this diagnosis
• Alzheimers Disease: risk factors, diagnostic and prevention strategies, current treatments that may slow the disease
• Late-Life Depression: its symptoms and causes, its connection with bereavement and substance abuse, treatment options, and why it is under-diagnosed and often untreated
• Caregivers: challenges and responsibilities, home care vs. nursing home care or alternative living situations
• Dementia: facts about dementia, risk reduction, how memory is affected by aging, protecting and strengthening cognitive performance, reversible and irreversible dementias
• Falls: risks and prevention strategies, environmental modification, connection with effects of medication and physical changes of aging, morbidity, and mortality
• Advice and Consent: the living will, guardianships and conservatorships, do-not-resuscitate orders, palliative and hospice care
A goldmine of useful information, this popular reference work will help anyone facing the cognitive problems associated with aging.
Book News Annotation:
Breitung, a nursing specialist who has written several books on care for the elderly, has written this guide for caregivers who must deal with the effects of cognitive decline disorders such as Alzheimer's and Late-Life Depression. The author provides detailed explanations on the differences between normal brain aging and dementia, and helps readers to understand options when it comes to assisted care, prevention strategies, risk reduction and environmental modification. A chapter is devoted to palliative and hospice care, and legal documentation such as living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders and conservatorships. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
As the elderly population swells with the aging of 77 million baby boomers, Americans increasingly face the challenge of trying to understand and cope with problems associated with cognitive decline. This popular reference work can help those facing the cognitive problems associated with aging.
About the Author
Joan Carson Breitung, RN, MA, MSN (Springfield, MA), is a board member of the Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., and a member of the leadership committee of the Alzheimers Association West in Springfield, MA. She is the author of six books, including Understanding and Managing Dementia, which won a 2005 British Medical Association Award.
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