This book explains dementia and its causes, with a focus on what can be done to lower the risks of developing dementia.How do we motivate individuals to take action or change behaviour in response to a possible threat that has not yet materialised? When the threat is dementia, argues neurologist Robert Levine, it is an issue of considerable importance. The earlier the campaign is initiated to defeat this lurking foe, the greater the chances the combatant will emerge victorious.Written to encourage such defensive action, this book is meant as a guide to understanding and preventing dementia. It is intended for lay people interested in learning about dementia and the measures that can be taken to repel its onslaught, as well as for caregivers and family members of impaired patients."Defying Dementia" is presented in two sections. First, the author explains the various types of dementia, its increasing incidence and current treatments, and the treatments being tested or on the horizon. The role of physiology and fresh insights from the field of genetics are included. The second section focuses on methods that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle to help avoid dementia.
Vignettes illustrate how dementia in its many forms can be recognised as it emerges.