(Venture Books- Health and the Human Body Series)
Reading Level: Grades 7 - 12
Landau's book is designed to help young readers cope with the overwhelming problems associated with having an Alzheimer's patient in the family. The author opens with true stories, some ending tragically, and continues with questions and answers and descriptions of the stages of the progressive disease--loss of memory, panic, paranoia, and decline in physical condition. Landau also describes treatment currently used, encouraging family members, including responsible youth, to help the Alzheimer patient remain as active as possible. A major part of the book discusses research concerning the cause of the illness and treatments that may help to retard its progress. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout, and addresses of support organizations for family members are appended.