Working with the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease can be a major challenge for primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other mental-health professionals. Alzheimer's wreaks havoc on the patient, and its degenerative nature can create a protracted period of anguish and anxiety for the patient's family. Dr. Marc Agronin has put his years of experience as a geriatric psychiatrist to work to create an eminently useful resource for psychiatrists and others who treat patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Now in its third edition, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias uses concise and clear language to outline the symptoms, effects and treatments used to combat the progress of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias likely to be suffered by older patients. Enriched by case studies from his own clinical practice, Dr. Agronin creates a volume full of humanity, insight, and knowledge that is sure to inform and improve the habits and methods of any clinician who deals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Marc E. Agronin, MD, is a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist; he serves as the medical director for mental health and clinical research at the Miami Jewish Health Systems and as an affiliate associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous articles and books in the field of psychiatry and a nationally known speaker and expert on Alzheimer's disease and other late-life psychiatric disorders. In 2008, Dr. Agronin was named "clinician of the year" by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. He is the author of How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old and Therapy with Older Clients: Key Strategies for Success, as well as coeditor of Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, second edition.
CONTENTS Foreword Peter V. Rabins Acknowledgments Introduction to the third edition SECTION I - Clinical Assessment of Dementia Chapter 1 An Overview of Dementia Chapter 2 The Dementia Work-Up SECTION II - Dementia Subtypes Chapter 3 Mild Cognitive Impairment Chapter 4 Alzheimer's Disease Chapter 5 Vascular Dementia Chapter 6 Dementia with Lewy Bodies Chapter 7 Frontotemporal Dementia Chapter 8 Dementia Associated with Medical Conditions SECTION III - Psychiatric Conditions Associated with Dementia Chapter 9 Agitation and Psychosis Chapter 10 Depression, Anxiety and Apathy SECTION IV - Psychosocial Issues in Dementia Care Chapter 11 Legal and Ethical Issues Chapter 12 Caring for the Caregiver INDEX