Dementia in Lewy Body and Parkinsons Disease Patients: Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most…

Hardcover | August 21, 2013

byJ. Eric Ahlskog

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Dementia implies impaired thinking and memory. It develops in the majority of people with Parkinson's disease if they live long enough. A closely related condition is Dementia with Lewy Bodies, which is the second leading cause of dementia (behind Alzheimer' disease). These are all too commondisorders, yet little is written for the lay public about such dementia. This book is designed to fill that void, and especially to provide guidelines for treatment. A cure does not yet exist, but optimal medical treatment can markedly improve quality of life, for both patients and family. Treating these conditions can become complicated, given the variety of available drugs, plus the unintended side effects of some medications. Busy clinicians are increasingly challenged by time constraints, which is another complicating factor. Hence, patients, family, caregivers need to be armedwith facts, which will help their clinicians choose the best drugs and avoid those most likely to cause other problems. Drugs, doses, medications to avoid and why, are all discussed in detail. This book is designed to provide the patient-family team with the knowledge necessary to partner with theirdoctors to get the best medical treatment.Dr. Ahlskog is an expert in Parkinson's disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies, thanks to his clinical and research work at Mayo Clinic. His previous general-audience title, The Parkinson's Disease Treatment Book has sold over 11,000 copies.

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Dementia implies impaired thinking and memory. It develops in the majority of people with Parkinson's disease if they live long enough. A closely related condition is Dementia with Lewy Bodies, which is the second leading cause of dementia (behind Alzheimer' disease). These are all too commondisorders, yet little is written for the lay...

Dr. Ahlskog is Professor of Neurology, Mayo Medical School and Chair of the Mayo Clinic Section of Movement Disorders, Rochester, Minnesota. He is a full-time clinician with most of his Mayo practice devoted to Lewy body disorders, including Parkinson's disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. He has published over 200 manuscripts in pee...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceGlossary1. Background2. What is known about the cause3. Are there medications for slowing progression?4. Defining the problems that require individualized treatmentTreatment ChaptersLevodopa-responsive problems5. Which drug for Parkinsonism? Walking, stiffness, tremor, slowness6. Using carbidopa/levodopa to treat parkinsonism7. Parkinsonism treatment among those already on medications8. Unstable responses and dyskinesias: later motor problems9. Other levodopa-responsive problems: anxiety, pain, insomniaProblems exacerbated by Parkinson medications10. Hallucinations, delusions11. Pathological behaviors provoked by dopamine agonist drugs: gambling, sex, eating, spendingCognitive problems12. Confusion, impaired thinking, judgmentDysautonomia: blood pressure, bladder, bowels13. Blood pressure and orthostatic hypotension: faints, near-faints and lightheadedness14. Bladder problems15. Bowels and constipationOther sleep problems16. Daytime drowsiness17. Acting out dreams: REM sleep behavior disorderMore general issues18. Depression19. General medical issues20. Importance of regular exercise21. Hospitalization and nursing facilities: Keeping everyone on the same page22. Families, caregivers, assistance