When someone asks me which book they should buy for Alzheimer's I always say the same thing -- The Alzheimer's Action Plan: The Experts' Guide to the Best Diagnosis and Treatment for Memory Problems.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
I keep the book right here on my desk. I used it so many times it is almost worn out. I received my first copy directly from the publisher. I'm pretty sure they'll give me another one if I ask, over a thousand copies were sold through the Amazon links on this website.
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I benefit from the book over and over. My best story is about how my mother didn't laugh for years. I read about Alzheimer's and hypothyroidism in the Alzheimer's Action Plan and away I went to the doctor. A few days later my mother started laughing and smiling. I can still see the exact moment vividly in my head. I'm feeling good just typing these words.
I receive emails asking me for advice about drugs or treatments for dementia. Since I am not a doctor, I am always very cautious when I answer. It is not unusual for me to quote from the book or to refer to the Alzheimer's Action Plan before I answer.
The book has section after section answering questions about antipsychotics, antidepressant medications, and sleeping pills. The book often compares medications. The book even covers topics like guilt, tiredness, and frustration.
The Alzheimer's Action Plan is about a lot more than medications. It has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section that answers about 40 questions. Some Alzheimer's caregivers and their families will find this of great value.
Here are a few examples.
- Should my wife be tested for Alzheimer's just because she got lost driving?
- Does Alzheimer's increase your sex drive? My husband demands sex right after we have sex? (nobody asked me this one so far.)
- Is turning against your grandchildren a symptom of Alzheimer's?
- Isn't it possible my wife was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's when its just depression?
- How do I get Dad to let me help with the bills? He's paying some bills three times and ignoring others.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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