The spectrum of hope : an optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias / Gayatri Devi, MD.
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- ISBN: 9780761193098
- ISBN: 076119309X
- Physical Description: xii, 324 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, 
- Copyright: ©2017
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Introduction -- Do I have Alzheimer's? Identifying memory disorders and the importance of early diagnosis -- I have Alzheimer's: now what? Alzheimer's as a spectrum disease -- and using a multipronged treatment approach -- Whether I have Alzheimer's disease is nobody's business but my own. When and how to share the diagnosis -- Do I need to quit my job? Continuing to work with dementia -- and knowing when to retire -- Who says I can't drive? Maintaining independence and dignity in Alzheimer's -- Will I pass this on to my children? The genetics of Alzheimer's -- and paths to prevention -- Do I face special challenges as a woman? Gender and Alzheimer's -- I just don't care about anything anymore. Treating depression and anxiety in dementia and what to do about apathy -- I'd be crazy not to be paranoid! Understanding paranoia, apraxia, and other frustrating behaviors, and how to effectively communicate when logic doesn't work -- I'm not lost -- I'm on the road less traveled. Why not to worry about wandering -- I can't take it anymore! Advice to caregivers -- self-care, stress reduction, and when to seek additional help -- I think my husband is cheating on me with my aide. Navigating sexuality: suspicion, affairs, and special arrangements -- Should I go to the hospital if I'm sick? Treating medical illness alongside dementia -- Whether you like it or not, here's what I want. Maintaining individuality in the face of Alzheimer's -- I would rather die at home. Living and dying with dignity -- in the comfort of home -- Gee, that must be depressing! My life as a physician specializing in Alzheimer's -- trials, rewards, and lessons learned.
The neurologist and Director of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services redefines Alzheimer's as a spectrum disorder and offers hope and advice to both those diagnosed and their family members for maintaining dignity, independence and continuing to live fulfilling lives.
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Gayatri Devi, MD, MS, FACP, FAAN, is an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Downstate Medical Center. She is a board certified neurologist, with additional board certifications in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology, and she served on the faculty of New York University’s School of Medicine as Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry until 2015. She is the author of over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of memory loss, as well as the books Estrogen, Memory and Menopause (Alphasigma Press, 2000), What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer's Disease (Time Warner Books, 2004), and A Calm Brain (Dutton, 2012). She lives and practices in New York City.