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The Memory Clinic: Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families [Hardcover]

Tiffany Chow
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Jan. 8 2013

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.

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Dr. Tiffany Chow, md is senior clinician-scientist at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute and staff behavioural neurologist at The Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic. She also holds a dual appointment as assistant professor of neurology and geriatric psychiatry with the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars hopeful and inspiring Feb. 6 2013
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I co-lead day programs for seniors in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's, and I am always looking to learn more in this field. The Memory Clinic is written by Dr. Tiffany Chow, a behavioural neurologist in the Ross Memory Clinic at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, a centre we respect and highly admire in the community centre where I work in Montreal.

The first thing that struck me about this book is that it's easy to read. Dr. Chow uses anecdotes, and, in particular, illustrations and metaphors throughout her book, especially when explaining the treatments and latest research. Written in the first-person point of view, reading it felt as if Dr. Chow was sitting in front of me telling me about her experiences with Alzheimer's, her research, her family history and her own personal goals to prevent getting Alzheimer's. Part memoir, part discussion on dementia, Dr. Chow comes across as a compassionate doctor who understands what it's like to have a family member suffer from Alzheimer's since her own beloved grandmother died from this illness. True to its title, Dr. Chow fills this book with stories that are hopeful and inspirational even as they are heartbreaking, especially when she relates stories of her early onset clients.

The whole tone of the book is hopeful, compassionate and encouraging. “It takes a certain amount of grace and creativity to find the poetry within the broken narrative that is dementia,” says Dr. Chow. (p. 110 of review copy) What beautiful words! In my field I know this to be true. One has to look beyond the illness and find new ways of interacting so as not to lose the joy when dementia strikes and changes our loved one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets from a Memory Doctor May 29 2013
What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? How can I best help someone who has dementia? In The Memory Clinic, neurologist and dementia expert Dr. Tiffany Chow writes a prescription leavened with humor, anecdotes, and tales from the front. Her highly-readable account cleverly combines philosophy, autobiography, and the latest scientific updates. Well-versed in discussing difficult subjects with her patients and their families, this memory doctor forthrightly answers these big questions and many others besides.

Dr. Chow strings her pearls of wisdom not only for those concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, but also readers searching for information on other types of dementia, about which much less has been written, especially in the popular press. Those interested in Frontotemporal, Lewy body, and Vascular dementias will find plenty of particulars here. The author places special emphasis on the issues faced by those dealing with early-onset dementia (which begins before age 65). She provides a wealth of other helpful information regarding all aspects of dementia, including resources for young people (children and teens) who have family members diagnosed with this disease.

Dr. Chow writes with an appealing voice resonating with empathy and authenticity. She opens her heart and spills her brain to offer hope and knowledge. Drawing on specific examples, both in and out of the clinic, she extrapolates from her experience to illuminate general principles of caregiving. Espousing balance and compassion in all things, Dr. Chow reminds us that it is not only OK to ask for help, but actually healthier to do so.

This author-physician proves to be an excellent teacher: Anyone wanting to learn about dementia will learn from her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Work April 23 2013
Dr. Chow is the go-to neurologist in Toronto for helping persons afflicted with dementia, and she provides rich support for their caregivers, too. She is candid, and does not make unrealistic promises as some other healthcare practitioners have done. I respect her integrity and her passion for helping those with cognitive issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is a terrific Dr. and person July 11 2014
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I am partial because Dr Chow was the specialist for my wife. She is a terrific Dr. and person. The Memory Clinic is very informative and compassionate book. A great read!!
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