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What If It's Not Alzheimer's?
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What If It's Not Alzheimer's?
A Caregiver's Guide To Dementia
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Although the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer's disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of "other" dementias. This book is the first and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer's dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.

Beginning with a focus on the medical facts, the first part defines and explores FTD as an illness distinct from Alzheimer's disease. Also considered are clinical and medical care issues and practices, as well as such topics as finding a medical team and rehabilitation interventions. The next section on managing care examines the daily care routine including exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. In the following section on caregiver resources, the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options. The final section focuses on the caregiver, in particular the need for respite and the challenge of managing emotions.

This new, completely revised edition follows recent worldwide collaboration in research and provides the most current medical information available, a better understanding of the different classifications of FTD, and more clarity regarding the role of genetics. The wealth of information offered in these pages will help both healthcare professionals and caregivers of someone suffering from frontotemporal degeneration.
Although the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer's disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of "other" dementias. This book is the first and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer's dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.

Beginning with a focus on the medical facts, the first part defines and explores FTD as an illness distinct from Alzheimer's disease. Also considered are clinical and medical care issues and practices, as well as such topics as finding a medical team and rehabilitation interventions. The next section on managing care examines the daily care routine including exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. In the following section on caregiver resources, the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options. The final section focuses on the caregiver, in particular the need for respite and the challenge of managing emotions.

This new, completely revised edition follows recent worldwide collaboration in research and provides the most current medical information available, a better understanding of the different classifications of FTD, and more clarity regarding the role of genetics. The wealth of information offered in these pages will help both healthcare professionals and caregivers of someone suffering from frontotemporal degeneration.
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  • Gary Radin and his mother, Lisa Radin,provided complete in-home care for father and husband Neil Radin over a four-year period. In 1998, they established the Neil L. Radin Caregivers Relief Foundation. They are both support-group facilitators and have been involved in planning and coordinating FTD caregiver conferences.
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    September 1, 2014

    Experts estimate that around two million people in the United States suffer from severe dementia, and another one to five million experience mild to moderate cases. While most people associate dementia with Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) accounts for around five percent of the cases. The coauthors, son and wife of an FTD sufferer, cared for their loved one until he died at 58. This third edition of their book ably gathers the significant medical developments of the last seven years into an excellent guide for caregivers. Sections written by experts and experienced caregivers cover the medical and genetic aspects of FTD, working with health professionals, medical therapy options, rehabilitation interventions, the stages of the disease, and practical aspects of daily care. VERDICT While there is some overlap among the individual chapters, this guide presents a wealth of medical information, written in terms the interested layperson can understand, as well as practical advice. One of the few books to discuss FTD specifically, this is an invaluable resource for patients, family, and friends, as well as health-care providers.--Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Bookwatch (review of the first edition) "[A]n updated handbook packed from cover to cover with tips and information for caregivers and sufferers alike."
  • Canadian Journal on Aging (review of the first edition) "[D]eals with a topic about which little has been written. Too often, caregiving manuals treat dementia as a relatively homogeneous experience; this book clearly conveys the limitations of such a generic view for family caregivers...an excellent resource....makes an important contribution to the family caregiving literature because of the biomedical and professional insight it offers into an important but rarely discussed type of dementia."
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