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Dec 31, 2013
| ISBN 9780143186236
Jan 08, 2013
| ISBN 9780143188254
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Dec 31, 2013 | ISBN 9780143186236
Jan 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780143188254
Everyone dreads the words “ Alzheimer ’ s disease ” and “ dementia. ” And everyone who plans to live beyond age sixty-five is at some risk. Dr. Tiffany Chow, a prominent clinician and neuroscientist, offers knowledge and hope about an illness where there is, as yet, no cure. Aimed at patients and their families, The Memory Clinic is a comprehensive and ultimately reassuring work about the prevention and management of dementia.
Chow herself has a genetic legacy of Alzheimer ’ s disease, and she probes what she — and everyone else — can do to mitigate the impact of genetics through nutrition, exercise, and the concepts of cerebral reserve and brain plasticity. But it is in her front-line role managing the suffering caused by dementia and aiding caregivers where Chow ’ s compassionate voice is most inspiring. She emphasizes that both patients and caregivers need to feel safe, healthy, happy, and loved, and that meeting these basic needs daily takes skill at balancing life ’ s demands and is itself part of the protective shield against dementia ’ s effects.
Dr. Chow has written an accessible and fascinating guide through the mysteries of the brain ’ s deterioration in dementia. And as an empathetic physician who sees the person behind the symptoms, she offers practical strategies and comfort to both the afflicted and their caregivers.
Dr. Tiffany Chow offers knowledge and hope for an illness where there is, as yet, no cure. “This book is a summary of what I’ve learned through my research or from my colleagues about prevention and management of dementia,” says the empathetic doctor. “Even where there is a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, people at risk can do things to prevent its onset or progression.”
Through her grandmother Ah Quan, born in 1906 in Hawaii of Chinese ancestry, Chow has a genetic legacy of Alzheimer’s disease. Comparing her life with her grandmother’s, she probes what she and other women can do to mitigate the impact of genetics through nutrition, exercise, and through the concepts of cerebral reserve and brain plasticity. But it is in her front-line role managing the suffering caused by dementia and aiding caregivers where Chow’s compassionate voice is most inspiring.
The Memory Clinic is instructive and reassuring, and is a fascinating guide through the mysterious twists of the brain.
Dr. Tiffany Chow is the Medical Director and Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Southern California Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute. She was previously a Senior Scientist and Behavioural Neurologist at Baycrest Health Sciences. She lives in San Diego.
“Chow gives much useful advice, sprinkled throughout the book, to caregivers on how to provide compassionate care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s without becoming debilitated in the process.” – Literary Review of Canada“In the end, what I thought would be a depressing and distressing journey through a much-feared disease turned out to be a life-affirming experience.” – Literary Review of Canada“In turn a personal memoir, a collection of stories, a guide to prevention, an update on the latest research, and inspiration to weary caregivers.” – Winnipeg Free Press
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