Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

A guide for people with dementia and those who care for them

Around 50 million people around the world have dementia. Each year, nearly 10 million new cases are reported. By some estimates, the number of people living with dementia could triple by 2050. This book offers an update on what experts know about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including the latest research into treatment and prevention, ways to live well with dementia, and recommendations for people who care for someone with dementia. 

By some estimates, the number of people living with dementia could triple by 2050. This makes the topic of aging well more critical than ever before.

While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, many related types of dementia also affect adults worldwide, causing loss of memory, reason, judgment and other cognitive functions. Although the diseases that cause dementia have long been considered unrelenting and incurable, recent advances offer hope.
This book includes information about:

  • What to expect of typical aging and what are the earliest signs of abnormal aging
  • Memory loss and other forms of cognitive impairment that may lead to dementia
  • Characteristic features of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including frontotemporal degeneration, Lewy body dementia and vascular cognitive impairment
  • The latest research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Caring for and supporting someone living with dementia

Are there ways you can lower your risk of dementia? Can dementia be prevented? Can you live well with dementia? If so, how? You’ll find the answers to these important questions and more in this book.

 

Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D., is a behavioral neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he evaluates and treats patients with cognitive disorders, including dementia. An associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Dr. Graff-Radford also serves as a co-investigator in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging.

Angela M. Lunde, M.A., is a co-investigator of the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core in the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, where she focuses on the emotional well-being and quality of life of those living with dementia and their care partners. She has co-authored numerous articles, written several book chapters, and maintained an expert blog on dementia caregiving for more than a decade.