|About the Book|
Dementia is a cruel illness which affects people in different ways. No two patients are alike and people cope in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to react to gradually losing a loved one.This short book describes in a pragmatic wayMoreDementia is a cruel illness which affects people in different ways. No two patients are alike and people cope in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to react to gradually losing a loved one.This short book describes in a pragmatic way how Fred Walker, and healthcare professionals, dealt with his wifes diagnosis and treatment for Alzheimers disease. Throughout her journey he tried to step into her world of dementia and use an engineers perspective to develop solutions to cope with her increasing disabilities and changes in personality. The clinical symptoms are described from the earliest signs, originally attributed to age, through to an eventual diagnosis of Alzheimers disease, and during on-going care. As such the hope is that it will be a guide to anyone who not only wants to know the facts, but who also needs to know the human cost behind those facts.As a neurophysiologist, co-author Chris Pomfrett discusses the possible explanations for the symptoms from a medical perspective, which will be beneficial to healthcare professionals enabling them to have a better understanding into not only the science behind Alzheimers but also equipping them with the ability to appreciate the challenging situations encountered by many unpaid carers. There is also a description of the current pathways and recommendations for diagnosis and management of Alzheimers disease from the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE).The paperback and ebook versions of this publication have been financed by the authors as a donation to Alzheimers Research UK. All proceeds will go to the charity.