TORONTO (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
Celebrated doctor, Michael Gordon, has seen his fair share of dementia patients, but he never expected to see it in his own family. His professional and personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease inspired his new book, “Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion and Care” (published by iUniverse).
“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias eventually lead to death, often after a fairly long period of gradual decline in mental and physical function,” explains Gordon. “Dealing with this end of life period can be very challenging to family members. This book gives guidance to families and professional care-givers about all the difficult, challenging and often heart-wrenching decisions that have to be made.”
Gordon believes that communication is vital to making the best decisions when dealing with a dementia patient or family member. He knows from experience the pain, hopelessness and loneliness that relatives and care-givers often experience. The book provides valuable knowledge and principles to help readers feel less like they’re facing these difficult challenges alone.
He writes, “With a number of elders suffering from dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, the impact on their families is a major societal and family issue in North America.”
By Michael Gordon, MD with Natalie Baker
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781462027651
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9 9781462027644
E-Book | 188 pages | ISBN 9781462027668
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Dr. Michael Gordon graduated from Brooklyn College in New York and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he earned a degree in medicine. He received specialty certificates in internal and geriatric medicine and ethics in Canada. He is now a medical program director of palliative care in Toronto and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.
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