Table of contents for Forgetting : when to worry, what to do / Joan C. Breitung.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction 							 i
Chapter 1. Reversible and Irreversible Dementia: Know Your Enemy. 
Classifying dementias. Prominent irreversible dementias. Reversible dementias. Drug metabolism and aging. Hypertension and the link to dementia.
Chapter 2. Mild Cognitive Impairment: An Early Warning? 37
Criteria for diagnosis: signs and symptoms. Identifying MCI. Normal brain aging, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Normal brain aging, MCI and Alzheimer's Disease. A new look at normal brain aging. Why is MCI controversial? The two most common causes of cognitive impairment in older adults. Treatment for MCI. Is routine screening of all elderly desirable? Underutilization of therapies.
Chapter 3. Alzheimer's Disease: Going, Going, Gone!			 61			 	 
 Alzheimer's disease: an overview. Distinguishing characteristics of AD. Diagnosing and treating AD. Testing: neuropsychological and cognitive tests. Neuroimaging. Risk factors, for AD. The 'gold standard' for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. Survival rate. Diagnostic and prevention strategies: biological markers, homocysteine levels, neuroimaging and neuropsychological tests.
The global menace. More about the financial aspects of AD. The future burden. 
Alzheimer's and shared characteristics of other dementias.
Chapter 4. Depression: More Than Just the Blues. 			 89 
 Depression: underdiagnosed and undertreated. Causes of late-life depression. Signs of depression. Getting the needed help. When bereavement becomes depression. Substance abuse and depression. When help is refused. Treatment options. More about symptoms. Treatment with medication. Depression and the burgeoning senior population. Why depression is often untreated. Ageism as it influences the diagnosis and treatment. Factors that increase the risks for depression. How common is depression in nursing homes? Can depression be prevented?
Chapter 5. Caregivers: Who Cares? 				 122
Caregivers: challenges and responsibilities. The reality. Their own home or a nursing home? Home modification. The working caregiver. Sharpening health literacy skills. Who is a caregiver and where is the help? Gender differences. Long distance caregiving. Alternative living situations/community resources. Denying dementia. 
Chapter 6. Dementia: Facts and Fiction 					 158
Facts about dementia. What is meant by good brain health and how do you achieve it? The theory of cognitive/cerebral reserve. Controlling the development of dementia; risk reduction. Memory: how it works and how it is affected by aging. Forgetting. The truth about brain boosters. Protecting and strengthening cognitive performance. Optimizing cognitive skills: exercises to retrain the brain. Can food affect memory?
Chapter 7. Falls: Accidents That Will Happen 			 192
Fall Risks. Fall prevention: medical management, physical activity and environmental modification. Deconditioning and hip fractures. Fall dynamics and defenses. Fall prevention strategies. Falls: mortality and morbidity. Why older adults are predisposed to adverse effects of drugs. Physical changes that contribute to adverse drug events. How to reduce fall risks at home.
Chapter 8. Advice and Consent 					 223
Patient self-determination act. Advance care planning. The living will. EMTs/DNR orders and comfort care. Palliative care/hospice care. Who pays for hospice? Are documented preferences ever ignored? Addressing end-of-life issues. Death and decisions. What is the funeral rule and how can it help consumers? Veteran's cemeteries. Helping with a frail elder's business affairs. The importance of a will. Guardianship/conservatorship. Benefits checkup. 
References 
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Memory disorders in old age.
Older people -- Health and hygiene.
Older people -- Care.
Dementia.
Caregivers.
Dementia -- Popular Works.
Aged.
Caregivers -- Popular Works.
Memory Disorders -- Popular Works.
Physical Fitness -- Popular Works.