Andrew Kertesz (Author)
The subject of this book is a stranger than fiction change in personality, behaviors and relationships including the gradual loss of language and the meaning of words occurring in middle age.
These are stories about a relatively little known illness in middle age, that happens to be much more common than it is generally recognized. The exact cause remains a puzzle as with many other afflictions of the nervous system. but we are beginning to understand its anatomy, genetics, and biology. It is presently classified as one of the so-called “degenerative diseases” of the brain, progressively eroding either behaviors, professionals who diagnose and treat mental or neurological disease, and the caregivers who sometimes suffer as much as the patients if not more.
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life (3rd Edition)
Social Security Administration
University of California at San Francisco
Memory and Aging Clinic (MAC)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The National Academy of ElderLaw Attorneys:
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers andhealth care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.
The informaton on this page is for reference and educational purposes. There is no substitute for seeing your doctor.
If Rod Serling were alive and writing episodes for “The Twilight Zone,” odds are he would have leaped on the true story of Anne Adams, a Canadian scientist turned artist who died of a rare brain disease last year.
Trained in mathematics, chemistry and biology, Dr. Adams left her career as a teacher and bench scientist in 1986 to take care of a son who had been seriously injured in a car accident and was not expected to live. But the young man made a miraculous recovery. After seven weeks, he threw away his crutches and went back to school.