The Memory Clinic

The Memory Clinic

Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families

Book - 2013
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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 in 1906 in 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.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670066322
Branch Call Number: 616.831 CHO
Characteristics: 263 p


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Jul 15, 2016

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 or more years. 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 Häagen-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.

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