Practical Dementia Care

Practical Dementia Care
3rd Ed.
2016 © Oxford University Press
Peter V Rabins; Constantine G Lyketsos; Cynthia D Steele
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-937683-4
Psychiatry, Geriatric Medicine


This is a comprehensive, yet practical guide to the care and management of patients with dementia from time of diagnosis to the end of life. It is intended for the increasing number of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and long-term care givers responsible for the care of individuals with dementia. In the Third Edition, the authors have increased their emphasis on the use of non-pharmacologic treatments for behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms and incorporated the previous edition's chapter on genetics into their discussion of specific diseases that cause dementia. Other sections that have received extensive revision or expansion include those on diagnostic techniques, early prevention, evaluation of clinical needs, and variations between sites of care.


  • • Latest edition translates most recent advances in dementia research into best practices for care
  • • Provides wide overview of treatments for dementia's most common symptoms
  • • Practical approach to patient care emphasizes maximizing quality of life

New to this Edition:

  • • Discussion of new diagnostic techniques, with a focus on clinical application; expanded information on neuropsychological testing
  • • Expanded discussion of the limits of pharmacotherapy for cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms
  • • Increased emphasis on types of non-pharmacologic care, including expanded information on activity-related therapies
  • • Expanded discussion of both primary (pre-symptomatic) and secondary (earlier symptomatic) prevention, which reflects a renewed emphasis in dementia care

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"This is an excellent addition to the armamentarium of any practitioner who treats persons with neurocognitive disorders. It is clearly written, explicit in its explanations, and it simplifies complicated concepts. The advice that is expressed can only come from extensive experience, which makes this an invaluable resource."

-- Danielle Anderson, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) Doody's Review


The audience is professionals providing day-to-day care to people who suffer from dementia and their families, which includes primary care and specialist physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, and gerontologists.

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