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Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

A guide for people with dementia and those who care for them

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It can be terrifying to witness a loved one’s cognitive decline. But for millions of families around the world, that fear becomes reality year after year. Researchers estimate that more than 150 million people around the world could be living with dementia by 2050. While there is currently no known cure for dementia, Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias combines the latest research on preventive methods, current treatment options, and advice for living well with dementia, to help those affected by the disease. 

Traditionally, very little has been known about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. But recent advances in medical research shine a light on information previously unknown about these debilitating diseases.

In the seventh edition of Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, expert neurologists from the Mayo Clinic organize this new research into a thorough and digestible guidebook that provides caregivers with the most up-to-date information regarding the disease. The book presents a comprehensive look at the typical symptoms associated with dementia, current findings regarding common causes of the disease, and gives essential tips for managing the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with dementia.

While Alzheimer’s disease is the most well-known type of dementia, Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias also touches on other types of dementia—like Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal degeneration, and vascular cognitive impairment—and how these conditions are frequently developed. 

Additionally, this book provides a transparent look at the neurological changes that can occur within a dementia patient’s brain, and details how to differentiate between the signs of normal aging versus aging with dementia.
Though dementia-related diseases are one of the fastest-growing epidemics in the world, Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias provides an invaluable reference guide on dementia, helping bring peace of mind to those affected by the disease and their caretakers.

Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D., is a behavioral neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he evaluates and treats patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and other types of cognitive disorders. An associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Dr. Graff-Radford also serves as a co-investigator in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, where he focuses on identifying therapeutic targets for cognitive impairment and improving diagnostic accuracy of cognitive disorders.

Angela M. Lunde, M.A., is a co-investigator of the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, where she focuses on the emotional well-being and quality of life of those living with dementia and their care partners. She is the author of an expert blog on dementia caregiving and the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Caregiving Newsletter. In conjunction with Mayo Clinic, Angela Lunde provides dementia-related training for patients and their caregivers and serves on the teaching faculty for Minnesota’s Dementia Certificate Program.