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A pocket guide to understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

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”I cannot congratulate Dr Warner and Dr Graham enough for this invaluable text.”

Title: A pocket guide to understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias - second edition

Authors: Dr James Warner and Dr Nori Graham

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley

Reviewer: Dr Peter Carter

 What was it like?

This was my clinical book of the year. It is written in an engaging style on a subject that is highly relevant in today’s society. These diseases will affect all of the population directly or indirectly.

Primarily it will affect the people who are suffering from these conditions and also members of their family and friends. Anyone not in these categories will still be affected as these conditions are putting our health and social care system under huge stain and the cost to the taxpayer is going to rise exponentially.

The book is a comprehensive narrative on Alzheimer and Dementias. Its clarity is as helpful as it is reassuring. Helpful because it demystifies the conditions and reassuring because it gives practical advice on how the sufferers and those supporting them can be better placed to cope.

What were the highlights?

Although these conditions are extremely distressing the book has an air of optimism. It explains in lay terms what to expect and how to lessen the impact on the lives of those suffering from dementia and how relatives and friends can obtain support.

Strengths and weaknesses

There are no obvious weaknesses. Its strength is in its clarity and uncomplicated narrative. By avoiding medical terminology that will be impenetrable to lay people it will appeal to a wide audience.

Who should read it?

It is highly relevant for people in the early stages of Alzheimers and other dementias and to those who are supporting them. It also pertinent for students across the medical and social care professions. Nurses, Doctors, O.T’s physiotherapists, dieticians to mention but a few.

It should also be recommended to people who may have been qualified in their relevant profession for many years. The paucity of knowledge of these conditions by experienced doctors, nurses and others is something rarely discussed. This book will be an essential tool for everyone involved in the clinical and social world of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

I cannot congratulate Dr Warner and Dr Graham enough for this invaluable text.



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