What is dementia? Is it the same as Alzheimer's? What symptoms should you look out for? Where can you go to find help? What treatments are available? In this short but comprehensive introduction, Dr Simon Atkins clears away the myths, and sets out the facts about this increasingly common condition. Whether you are concerned for yourself or someone else, First Steps to living with Dementia will advise you about how it is diagnosed, conventional medical treatments and alternative remedies, the social and financial support available, and the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.
"Both of my parents suffered with Alzheimer's Disease. At times I felt overwhelmed and lost with the strain of it all and not knowing where to turn or who to turn to. If only I'd had Simon's book at my fingertips during those bleak years. It would have been a friendly, enlightening and informative guide through a very dark tunnel." -- Fiona Phillips
Simon Atkins is a GP in a busy practice, but also a prolific author, and has been a freelance medical journalist since 1996. He presented the BBC3 series Make Me a Baby, and has spoken on various medical issues on radio. He has also written for the Guardian, GQ, Take a break and Men's Health.
Foreword by Baroness Susan Greenfield 6 Introduction 8 1 What is dementia? 11 2 Symptoms of dementia 20 3 First steps to finding a diagnosis 29 4 At the memory clinic 39 5 Medical treatments 42 6 Natural and alternative remedies 48 7 Dealing with troublesome symptoms 62 8 Legal and financial help for those with dementia 72 9 Can dementia be prevented? 76 10 Some final thoughts 84 Appendix A: The brain made easy 86 Appendix B: Sources of help and advice 92 Appendix C: Useful resources 95