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I received the Memory Clinic from a First Reads giveaway I was a little intimidated and expected to struggle through medical terminology but my fears were unfounded the medical knowledge was communicated in an easy to understand way and I had a couple of misunderstandings related to dementia and Alzheimer s cleared up But I mostly enjoyed the patient stories moving and reassuring. When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it I co lead day programs for seniors in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer s, and I am always looking to learnin this field The Memory Clinic is written by Dr Tiffany Chow, a behavioural neurologist in the Ross Memory Clinic at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, a centre we respect and highly admire in the community centre where I work in Montreal.The first thing that struck me about this book is that it s easy to read Dr Chow uses anecdotes, and, in particular, illustrations and metaphors throughout her book, especially when explaining the treatments and latest research Written in the first person point of view, reading it felt as if Dr Chow was sitting in front of me telling me about her experiences with Alzheimer s, her research, her family history and her own personal goals to prevent getting Alzheimer s Part memoir, part discussion on dementia, Dr Chow comes across as a compassionate doctor who understands what it s like to have a family member suffer from Alzheimer s since her own beloved grandmother died from this illness True to its title, Dr Chow fills this book with stories that are hopeful and inspirational even as they are heartbreaking, especially when she relates stories of her early onset clients.The whole tone of the book is hopeful, compassionate and encouraging It takes a certain amount of grace and creativity to find the poetry within the broken narrative that is dementia, says Dr Chow p 110 of review copy What beautiful words In my field I know this to be true One has to look beyond the illness and find new ways of interacting so as not to lose the joy when dementia strikes and changes our loved one.Some of the topics she discusses are causes of dementia why women suffer from Alzheimer sthan men the inheritance factor defences against dementia where she talks about cognitive reserve and brain plasticity managing stress, eating well, doing exercise and social networking as ways to lower risk of dementia the importance of the doctor patient relationship and the current and upcoming treatments, such as a vaccine against the beta form of amyloid What intrigued me the most was the cognitive reserve theory Dr Chow states, Scientists have learned that higher educational levels allow us to build up cognitive reserve, akin to the concept of saving money in the bank for an unforeseen crisis p 52 of review copy I want to lookinto this.She ends the book with extensive notes filled with resources and bibliography of all the information she quotes such as studies, statistics, research and additional reading An index is likewise included I highly recommend this book to anyone working with person s with dementia, have a family member with dementia or are concerned about the risk of dementia Statistics say that Alzheimer s is on the rise, therefore learningabout this illness will only help us to understand better and becomecompassionate toward families and communities dealing with its effects. @Download Pdf ë The Memory Clinic ⚠ Dr Tiffany Chow Offers Knowledge And Hope For An Illness Where There Is, As Yet, No Cure This Book Is A Summary Of What I Ve Learned Through My Research Or From My Colleagues About Prevention And Management Of Dementia, Says The Empathetic Doctor Even Where There Is A Family History Of Alzheimer S Disease, People At Risk Can Do Things To Prevent Its Onset Or Progression Through Her Grandmother Ah Quan, Born InIn Hawaii Of Chinese Ancestry, Chow Has A Genetic Legacy Of Alzheimer S Disease Comparing Her Life With Her Grandmother S, She Probes What She And Other Women Can Do To Mitigate The Impact Of Genetics Through Nutrition, Exercise, And Through The Concepts Of Cerebral Reserve And Brain Plasticity But It Is In Her Front Line Role Managing The Suffering Caused By Dementia And Aiding Caregivers Where Chow S Compassionate Voice Is Most Inspiring The Memory Clinic Is Instructive And Reassuring, And Is A Fascinating Guide Through The Mysterious Twists Of The Brain Yet another book about Alzheimer s disease, the disease that has disabled my mother.This one offered stories of hope and healing but there was nothing about healing Alzheimer s, not even an indication that it can be done Even so it is a memoir of a doctor who is learning how to help her Alzheimer s patients with compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and the story of her grandmother who suffered from it.The author presents some of the usual preventative information,similar to that for most health conditions, eat well, move, sleep, relax, connect, use your mind, keep learning, destress, lose weight, contribute.She also courageously points out that some caregiver stress is self induced and that caregivers need to learn to prioritize self care in order to be able to care well for their loved ones Of course, this is easier said than done, especially since such stress actually reduces IQ and the ability to problem solve.This is a book of simple information, prevention, care advice, and coping suggestions The author also shares some patient stories and quite a few personal reflections It is not a vital contribution to Alzheimer s care, but perhaps a helpful guide to learning how to accept the disease.Throughout the book the author is optimistic in the words of eastern spirituality Facing a life that is changing due to dementia often brings on opportunities for practicing loving kindness, joy, equanimity and compassion It is best to remain open to the good that can come with any changes It is even better to be able to trust God s goodness, knowing that he has sent Jesus to destroy the devil s work, including disease, and that there will be a perfect future in which he will wipe all tears from our eyes. I received the first reads copy six days after winning it Impressive since another one took over six weeks.I really enjoyed this book Tiffany Choy has just the right mix of medical terminology, which she makes very understandable, and down to earth comments activities that were deemed passivewere found to be less effective at preventing the onset of dementia I was perturbed to see that the authors designated knitting and sewing as passive activity None of them could ever have started a pattern for a cable knit sweater My grandmother is tsk tking from among the macadamia nut trees where her ashes were spread Alzheimer disease has a personal meaning for the author since she is not only a doctor who specializes in dementia treatment and research, her grandmother died of the disease I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a family history of dementia, works with patients with the disease, or who just plans to get old The above quote is from an uncorrected and unpublished proof It may be different in the final copybut I hope not It s a good one I won this book as a First Reads give away in exchange for an honest review. I thought Dr Chow did an excellent job balancing medical information with personal antidotes It made the book an enjoyable and an informative read I read the book to better understand what a friend of mine is experiencing as she has steadily fallen into a state of dementia over the past 5 oryears Her 93 year old husband has done an amazing job looking after her all these years eventually moving together from their home into an assisted living facility In the past few months, my friend has rapidly declined to the point of having difficulty swallowing and had to move into an extended care facility Her faithful husband visits her almost everyday, even when he is struggling with his own health issues He likes to give her special treats like melted H agen Dazs coffee ice cream to make each day special Since there are still no effective treatments, there was no cure outlined in the book Just a number of preventative measures a person can take many I have heard before eat healthfully, exercise regularly, keep your body weight down, socialize, keep educating yourself throughout life, and prevent head injuries.On a personal note, an avid hiker I know who is well into his 90 s says that NOT ONE member of his hiking club ever came down with dementia although spouses of the hiking club members who did not hike were afflicted Perhaps this was fate luck or a result of the physical exercise and social aspects of being part of a hiking club. Very strange book Granted I know nothing about memory loss, but very personal stories about family and friends mixed in with lots of intricate doctor talk which went over my head, and every so often something that lay people can do to reduce their risk For me the whole book could have been a paragraph, we don t know anything for sure, there is no cure, it might be a good idea to lose some weight, have 4 or five short periods a year where you restrict calories, get plenty of sleep and exercise. It s a bit overwhelming in the beginning, quite a few stories about several generations on the same family dealing with Alzheimer s If you can get past that I found it very empowering Lots of ideas on how to slow down our own chances of developing Alzheimer s and it really focuses on how to help patients stay safe, feel joy and stay connected in their own way It gave me allot to think about. Having a grandparent that suffers from memory issues I am always looking for ways to help her and improve her life This book had some great ideas that I plan to use.I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads. This book was exactly what I needed right now A great resource for caregivers who have just found out that a family member has Alzheimer s.