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Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide


A Library Journal Best Reference Title for 2020


The first in the new Grey House Health & Wellness Guides series, this title is designed to bring together necessary and valuable information for the millions of individuals, family members, and caregivers affected by dementia. For those providing care and support to individuals with dementia, this resource provides easy-to-understand and helpful information about dementia and connects readers to many sources of support.

This comprehensive work comes at a time when a new case of dementia is being diagnosed, worldwide, every three seconds, according to the World Health Organization. Today, about 50 million people suffer from dementia. That number is expected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 million by 2050. Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide combines valuable educational information for patients, families, and caregivers. It offers statistics, both nationally and state by state, as well as discussions about treatment and outcomes. In addition, it offers details on 23 different types of dementia and conditions that can cause, or affect, dementia from Aging to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Following this Publisher’s Note is an excerpt from Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell, MD, described by Steve Silberman, New York Times bestselling author, as “A brave, sobering, and profoundly humane book about one of the most serious challenges we face both as individuals and as a society.” Dr. Powell’s introduction, reprinted here, is a moving combination of medicine and memoir that addresses the challenges she faced as her grandmother, then her mother, were diagnosed with dementia.

Section One: Studies & Statistics About Dementia

A robust, colorful section of more than 300 pages includes a number of detailed reports from The Alzheimer’s Association, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control. They cover attitudes toward dementia, a global action plan, prevalence, costs, care giving, and state statistics. These reports include:

  • World Alzheimer’s Report 2019: Attitudes to Dementia
  • Dementia: Public Health Priority
  • Global Action Plan
  • 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures
  • Facts & Figures of Alzheimer's
  • State of the States

Section Two: Types of Dementia

This section includes 23 chapters, each covering a different type of dementia or health condition that can cause, relate to, or effect dementia. Chapters cover Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors and injuries, drug & alcohol misuse, Huntington’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, environmental causes, and more. Each chapter begins with a concise description of the specific condition and goes on to include a variety of resources for patients, their families and caregivers. Specific categories include; National Agencies & Associations; State Agencies & Associations; Foundations & Research Centers; Support Groups & Hotlines; Magazines; and Websites.

This section ends with a list of medications that have been used or are currently used to treat symptoms of dementia and related conditions.

Section Three: Appendixes

  • Mediagraphy includes a wide variety of films, TV programs, books of fiction, plays and music that deal with the subject of dementia. Each of the nearly 80 listings are annotated to help support specific interests of the reader.
  • Glossary includes more than 100 terms that are both included in this work and ones that the reader might come across in his or her own research of dementia and related disorders.
  • Entry Index lists all directory entries alphabetically.
  • Geographic Index organizes listings alphabetically by state.

Free Online Access

In addition to the print directory, Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide includes free online access to the Grey House/Salem Press Online database. This gives you immediate access to the most valuable in-depth information on these important topics, early warning signs, diagnosis, treatment options, advice for caretakers, preventative therapy, and support. With unlimited users and remote access included, your students and researchers can now search this amazing collection of data, anytime & anywhere, all just a click away.

The Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide is a necessary reference for public and academic libraries, as well as health care and senior center collections, providing information crucial to sufferers of dementia, their broader support network, caseworkers, social workers, and other health care providers.