Thursday, March 12, 2020

Review: Is it Alzheimer's

'Is It Alzheimer's?' cover image

Is it Alzheimer's
Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

Is it Alzheimer's is an easy to read book about the differences between typical memory loss and signs of dementia. There is also an overview describing how it is determined and diagnosed. The author presents questions and answers to often asked questions about this complex disease. With around 5.1 million adults suffering from some form of dementia in the United States, this book was designed with the family of patients, friends, and caregivers in mind.

As someone with a relative suffering from this disease, I found many of the explanations in this book both helpful and reassuring. It is likely to be a resource that I will consult in the future. I do wish, though, that it had addressed more thoroughly how to deal with a patient who exhibits aggressive or paranoid behavior at what the author describes as the sundown period or effect. While this book may not answer all the questions I have, it is a good start. I also learned that the author has another book entitled The 36-Hour Day, which goes into much more detail about Alzheimer's and dementia. Is it Alzheimer's is meant to be a supplement to it.

Thanks to Johns Hopkins Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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