Foresight, education, and planning improve the quality of life of AlzheimerÂs patients, according to Harvard Medical SchoolÂs AlzheimerÂs guide
BOSTON, MA (PRWEB) November 12, 2003
November is National AlzheimerÂs Awareness Month, an opportune time to educate the public about the basics of the disease, the advances in medicine, and the outlook for the future. Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, has published A Guide to AlzheimerÂs Disease to assist family members, patients, and caregivers in understanding and coping with AlzheimerÂs.
Although a cure has not yet been discovered, early diagnosis has become increasingly important to help delay the worsening of symptoms and allow patients and caregivers to plan for the future. However, reaching an accurate diagnosis can be complicated and uncertain. A Guide to AlzheimerÂs Disease provides an informative foundation that not only outlines warning signs and possible risk factors, but also equips readers with specific ways to recognize symptoms.
The report guides readers through the entire diagnosis process from finding a physician to understanding the types of tests performed. By knowing what to expect and how evaluation for AlzheimerÂs is conducted, patients and caregivers will be better prepared to make informed decisions.
While diagnosis can be disheartening, A Guide to AlzheimerÂs Disease offers a hopeful look for the growing population affected by the disease. The report covers:
* explanations of how the brain works
* the stages of AlzheimerÂs
* available medical therapies
* ways to treat common behavior
* daily management of the disease
options for long-term care
* specific financial, legal, and support information for the caregiver.
A Guide to AlzheimerÂs Disease is available from Harvard Health Publications and can be purchased for $ 16 at http://www.health.harvard.edu or by calling 1-877-649-9457 toll-free.
If you are a member of the media, please contact Christine Junge at Christine_Junge@hms.harvard.edu for a complimentary copy of the report or to receive our press releases directly.
About Harvard Health Publications
Harvard Health Publications, a division of Harvard Medical School publishes five monthly newslettersÂthe Harvard Health Letter, Harvard WomenÂs Health Watch, Harvard MenÂs Health Watch, the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and the Harvard Heart LetterÂas well as more than 40 Special Health Reports and eight books. The goal of all of our publications is to bring the public the most current practical and authoritative health information by drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at the Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals. For more information about our publications, please visit our Web site, http://www.health.harvard.edu.
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