How to learn more about Alzheimer’s dis­ease

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Local - BY DAVID BREAKFIELD

Ac­cord­ing to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion (alz.org), the dis­ease is the sixth-lead­ing cause of death in the United States and in Florida.

One in three se­niors dies with Alzheimer’s or an­other form of de­men­tia, killing more peo­ple than breast can­cer and prostate can­cer com­bined.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion fur­ther states that early and ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis is es­sen­tial and could save up to $7.9 tril­lion in med­i­cal and care costs.

For more in­for­ma­tion, check out the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion and the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (cdc.gov). Both sites pro­vide needed in­for­ma­tion and re­sources for pa­tients and their care­givers.

Your li­brary also has an ex­ten­sive ar­ray of books and other ma­te­ri­als to in­form you or a loved one about the dis­ease.

Re­cent books on the sub­ject dis­cuss new ad­vance­ments in fight­ing Alzheimer’s.

In “Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and De­men­tia: What Ev­ery­one Needs to

Know,” au­thor Steven Sa­bat pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about Alzheimer’s and other de­men­tia dis­eases as well as non-phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal meth­ods to im­prove qual­ity of life, by iden­ti­fy­ing the psy­cholog- ical and so­cial strengths of peo­ple di­ag­nosed.

Dr. Gay­tari Devi, a neu­rol­o­gist for 20 years, de­fines Alzheimer’s as a spec­trum dis­or­der, such as autism, point­ing out that the dis­ease af­fects ev­ery­one dif­fer­ently. She fur­ther shares sto­ries of pa­tients as well as en­cour­ag­ing early di­ag­no­sis.

She also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion of var­i­ous drugs and ther­a­pies that can help man­age the dis­ease.

In “De­feat­ing De­men­tia: What You Can Do to Pre­vent Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of De­men­tia,” Dr. Richard Fur­man em­pha­sizes life­style change, such as ex­er­cise and eat­ing the right foods, which can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing de­men­tia.

This last book is avail­able as an E-book through Hoopla, an elec­tronic re­source avail­able through the li­brary.

There are ma­te­ri­als for care­givers, too:

“Car­ing for a Loved

One with Alzheimer’s: An Emo­tional Jour­ney” is a pro­gram on DVD that pro­vides in­sight and un­der­stand­ing for those pro­vid­ing care to some­one with the dis­ease.

Vaughn E. James’ “The Alzheimer’s Ad­vi­sor: A Care­giver’s Guide to Deal­ing with the Tough Le­gal and Prac­ti­cal Is­sues,” is an­other book that dis­cusses the le­gal is­sues that arise for peo­ple with Alzheimer’s.

James talks about im­por­tant le­gal is­sues that range from where med­i­cal care costs come from es­tate plans to ad­vanced di­rec­tives.

The li­brary also has me­dia on the sub­ject.

Nova’s “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” com­bines in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the pos­si­ble causes of the dis­ease and in­ter­views with in­di­vid­u­als who dis­cuss their han­dling of the dis­ease, their par­tic­i­pa­tion in clin­i­cal tri­als and how the re­searchers tar­get and test ther­a­pies that might slow and per­haps pre­vent Alzheimer’s.

There are also the per­sonal sto­ries of peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Liv­ing with Alzheimer’s and Other De­men­tias: 101 Sto­ries of Care­giv­ing, Cop­ing, and Com­pas­sion” is com­prised of anec­dotes from pa­tients and their care­givers, from peo­ple car­ing for a par­ent to strate­gies and tips for cop­ing.

Visit your li­brary for ma­te­ri­als on this and other top­ics. Your li­brary is on­line at my­mana­tee.org/li­brary.

David Breakfield is a ref­er­ence li­brar­ian at the Down­town Cen­tral

Li­brary. Speak­ing Vol­umes, writ­ten by Man­a­tee County Pub­lic Li­brary Sys­tem staff mem­bers, is pub­lished each Sun­day in the Braden­ton Her­ald.

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