"Important book", "So helpful!", "Great resource", "Highly recommend for anyone (friend or family) dealing with a loved one with dementia."
Library Journal, March 2005
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Bookwatch, March 2004
"...an updated handbook packed from cover to cover with tips and information for caregivers and sufferers alike."
Although the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer’s disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of “other” dementias. What If It’s Not Alzheimer’s? is the first and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer’s dementias.
Editors Lisa and Gary Radin divide their highly accessible reference work into four parts. Beginning with a discussion of the medical facts, part one 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 essays in part two focus on managing care and examine daily routines, including nutrition, exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. Part three centers on caregiver resources, and the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options. Finally, the chapters in part four stress the need for caregivers to take care of themselves as well as their loved ones with FTD.
This thoroughly updated edition offers new daily-care ideas for caregivers to implement, reveals new discoveries of how genes and proteins are linked to the causes of dementia, explains the changes in terminology that have developed over the past several years, explores non pharmacological approaches to managing care, and provides more guidance and resources to aid caregivers along this challenging journey. All contributors to this volume either are specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers. The wealth of information offered in these pages will help both healthcare professionals and caregivers of someone suffering from non-Alzheimer’s dementia.
3rd Edition 2014.
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About the Authors Lisa Radin and her son, Gary Radin, provided complete in-home care for husband and father Neil Radin over a four-year period. In 1998 they founded the Neil L. Radin Caregivers Relief Foundation to share their experience and support families of loved ones who suffer from frontotemporal dementia. They also have planned numerous caregiver conferences and facilitate caregiver support groups. They both have ongoing affiliations with the Alzheimer's Association and Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).