Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

by James E. Soukup


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Over 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, which is an organic disorder that is progressive, debilitating, and irreversible. The economic cost of treating and providing care for those with Alzheimer's is over $40 billion a year. The emotional cost to the sufferers and their families is beyond estimation. Yet Alzheimer's is often misdiagnosed, mistreated, and mismanaged. The purpose of this book is to help physicians, health care administrators, graduate students and researchers better understand diagnostic procedures, treatment and management factors related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the elderly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275954604
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/10/1996
Series: Contemporary Writers
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JAMES E. SOUKUP is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice./e He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. His other books include studies of attention-deficit disorder and the psychology of aging.

Table of Contents



The Importance of a Valid Diagnosis

Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type

Other Forms of Dementia Affecting the Elderly

The Aging Process

The Reversible vs. the Irreversible Dementias

Biological Basis of Dementia

Summary—The Dementias Affecting the Elderly

Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures

Alzheimer's Disease Misdiagnosed—The Mental Status Exam

The Clinical Interview

The Family Interview

Special Considerations in the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

The Psychological Assessment

Assessing Intellectual Abilities

Neuropsychological Testing for Dementia

Evaluating Functional Ability

Treatment and Management of the Dementias

Treatment of the Dementias

The Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Treatment

Psychological Treatment

Communicating with Alzheimer's Patients

Treatment and Care—General Principles

Specific Management Problems and Solutions

Impact of Alzheimer's on the Family

Advice for Family Members

Utilizing Community Services and Resources

Choosing a Congregate Care or Nursing Home Facility

Ethical and Legal Issues

Concurrent Emotional and Mental Disorders Common in the Elderly

Paranoid Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder

Personality Disorders



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