The Spectrum of Hope

The Spectrum of Hope

An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Book - 2017
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A neurologist with 20 years experience treating Alzheimer's and other dementias, Dr. Devi presents a realistic, optimistic viewpoint on the disease. She does not see a diagnosis as a sentence to inexorable decline. Rather she sees Alzheimer's as a spectrum disease that affects different people differently; with early treatment, some people actually improve. By telling the stories of her patients, Dr. Devi compassionately shows the many faces and aspects of the disease and offers guidance for living the fullest possible life. The book will offer hope to those who have Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, many of whom are under the age of 65.
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780761193098
076119309X
Characteristics: xii, 324 pages ;,24 cm.

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Mar 09, 2019

Dr. Devi's writing is clear and engaging, and she peppers the complete narrative with very human anecdotes from her decades of clinical practice. She argues for the more current vision of Alzheimer's dementia not as an immediate death sentence, but rather as a "spectrum disorder," with many contributing causes and a range of effects on cognition, memory, activities of daily life, and speed of onset. Positively speaking, this allows her to care for those with dementia - and their family caregivers - in a more nuanced manner. Her book, similarly, allows for a wide span of reactions and tips for handling work, independence, love, wandering, psychological symptoms, and even end-of-life issues.

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