Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New Books on Dementia

Here is the list of new books about Dementia in older people.

The books are listed in reversed chronological order (the most recent books are listed first). To get more information about these books, just double-click on the titles below:

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and People with Dementia (Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: a Modular Handbook)
by Clare (Hardcover - May 12, 2007)

Dementia: Metamorphosis in Care
by Claire Biernacki (Paperback - April 27, 2007)

Book Description:
Our perceptions of dementia and what dementia care should constitute have changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Research has uncovered a mass of information concerning all aspects of dementia. This wealth of information should be reflected in a dramatic change, indeed a metamorphosis, in the way people with dementia are cared for. No such change has occurred.
Dementia - Metamorphosis in Care will address the need for change and provide practitioners with a means of understanding why adhering to the old model – the medical approach – can be damaging in current care settings. Practitioners are advised on what is needed from them in order that they can positively influence the lives of those living with dementia. The importance of the role of professional carer and the responsibility they carry regarding whether or not care improves, is underlined throughout the book.

Dementia and Social Work Practice: Research and Interventions
by PhD Carole B. Cox (Hardcover - April 15, 2007)

Book Description:
Dementia is one of the most devastating illnesses as it involves a progressive decline in mental functioning leading to eventual total incapacity. Thus, it affects all aspects of diagnosed individuals -- eventually robbing them of their very identities. There are many types of dementia, but the most common form is Alzheimer's disease (AD) which affects over 4 million Americans, the majority of whom are age 65 or older. However, although associated with aging, the illness is also found in persons in mid-life where the impact can be particularly severe as it affects employment, income, and the expected life course.
The theme of this book underscores the many factors associated with dementia and its care, and the ways in which social work involvement can be most valuable. The chapters, written by leaders in the field of dementia care, examine the development and impact of dementia and the many ways in which social work expertise can be most effectively utilized by clinicians, researchers, and advocates.

Diagnostic Issues in Dementia: Advancing the Research Agenda for DSM-V
by Trey Sunderland, Dilip V. Jeste, Olusagun, M.d. Baiyewu, and Paul Sirovatka (Paperback - April 15, 2007)

Book Description:
Part of the new series Advancing the Research Agenda for DSM-V, Diagnostic Issues in Dementia comprises nine chapters with research suggestions for consideration for the upcoming DSM-V process, reflecting the nascent effort toward a new diagnostic nomenclature in the still rapidly evolving field of dementia.
Here, 18 experts provide critical pieces of the dementia diagnostic story: Alzheimer's disease and the aging brain, the challenges of changing our general definition of dementia, diagnostic nomenclature, the growing evidence for mild cognitive impairment as an identifiable entity suitable for inclusion in DSM-V, neuropsychological testing, behavioral syndromes and the need to better focus appropriate therapy, biomarkers in dementia for inclusion in diagnostic criteria, specific imaging modalities, and the sobering assertion that, despite the tremendous explosion of information in this field, genetic profiles except for rare Mendelian disorders are not yet ready to make substantial contributions to nosology.
Within the vast and rapidly expanding literature of dementia, this remarkably concise and insightful collection reviews today's and suggests directions for tomorrow's important diagnostic and research issues in dementia, and as such is a "must read" for clinicians and researchers alike.

The Dementias 2: Blue Books of Neurology Series, Volume 30 (Blue Books of Neurology Series)
by John H. Growdon and Martin Rossor (Hardcover - April 5, 2007)

Book Description:
This volume in the Blue Books of Neurology series provides you with rapid access to practical, clinical guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, Parkinson's disease, and many others. Organized by the most common neurodegenerative diseases, it reflects new insights regarding commonalities among the neurodegenerative diseases, and clusters them according to their dominant molecular pathologic signatures, so you can best treat any dementia you see.

Key words:
New Books, Dementia, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Issues, DSM-V, Neurology

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