Almost a quarter of all people who live past eighty may develop Alzheimer’s disease. As they round the corner on middle age, many people worry about their own mental state. After all, the causes of Alzheimer’s remain unknown—and irredeemable.
But this doesn’t mean that one has no choice but to give up after the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia as in this informative and helpful resource, award-winning professor and researcher Dr. A-M. Ghadirian takes time and care to help both patient and caregiver understand the disease as much as possible in order to achieve the highest quality of life.
Dr. Ghadirian discusses the aging brain, Alzheimer’s development, the risk factors involved, and how nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation may or may not play a preventative role.
Dr. Ghadirian also discusses the social repercussions of a dramatically increasing elderly population, the popular attitudes across cultures toward aging, and how it affects caregiving.
This thoughtful and easily understood text provides hope through fulfilling the psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of everyone touched by this devastating and overwhelming disease. If you or a loved one is currently suffering dementia, let this resource be your guide.
Ghadirian is a former Director of Medical Education of the Montreal-World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
He is Chairman of the Scientific Committee, American Psychiatric Association’s Quebec and Eastern Canada District Branch. He has spoken in academic conferences and lectured in several universities in North, Central and South America as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australasia.
He has received several awards including Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association (1986), Senior Scholar Award of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Distinguished Life Fellow Award of the American Psychiatric Association (2003) and Award of Excellence for Social Responsibility and Service (for his contribution to prevention of substance abuse), China, October 2008.
In December 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth-II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions and service to society in Canada.