Defeating Dementia

What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia

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In the fight against dementia, the most powerful player is you.

"While many books have been written about individuals with Alzheimer's, none has so seamlessly connected the disease biology, the patient experience, and the preventative science as Dr. Furman does so skillfully. Dr. Furman's work will serve as the definitive guide on preventative measures to decrease one's chances of developing Alzheimer's dementia."--Senator Bill Frist, nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former US Senate majority leader, and chairman of the executive council of Cressey and Company, from the foreword

"I had always thought that there was little one could do to prevent or slow the symptoms of Alzheimer's. However, in this amazing book, Defeating Dementia, Dr. Richard Furman explains in an easy to understand and detailed way that there are actually things you can be doing right now to decrease your odds of developing Alzheimer's dementia. This book can change the way you live. It can give you a new hope and practical steps to deal with--and even help prevent--Alzheimer's."--Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and founder of Samaritan's Purse, from the foreword

"Dr. Furman has created a unique book for the public--one that synthesizes decades of research on the prevention and early treatment of dementia into understandable chunks and practical advice. Pairing the science with personal story provides immediacy, underscoring that this advice is not just a good idea, it's crucial and matters now."--Dr. Richard Ackermann, director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Mercer University School of Medicine


Dementia. It's one of the most dreaded conditions we face as we age. Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than Alzheimer's. What many don't realize is that dementia is not a forgone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact--for good or ill--on our chances of developing the disease.

And that means there's hope.

Drawing from the latest medical research, Dr. Richard Furman helps you understand dementia and Alzheimer's and shows you how to make three powerful lifestyle changes that can help decrease the probability of developing this disease. He explains how eating the right foods, exercising, and sustaining an ideal weight can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing dementia in the first place, and how these habits can even slow the progression of the disease in someone who has already received a diagnosis.

If you or your loved ones are concerned about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, let this book be your guide into a healthy future.


Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

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The author's proceeds from this book will be donated to Samaritan's Purse for World Medical Mission to assist doctors serving at mission hospitals abroad.


Endorsements

"I had always thought that there was little one could do to prevent or slow the symptoms of Alzheimer's. However, in this amazing book, Defeating Dementia, Dr. Richard Furman explains in an easy to understand and detailed way that there are actually things you can be doing right now to decrease your odds of developing Alzheimer's dementia. This book can change the way you live. It can give you a new hope and practical steps to deal with--and even help prevent--Alzheimer's."

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and founder of Samaritan's Purse, from the foreword

"While many books have been written about individuals with Alzheimer's, none has so seamlessly connected the disease biology, the patient experience, and the preventative science as Dr. Furman does so skillfully. Dr. Furman's work will serve as the definitive guide on preventative measures to decrease one's chances of developing Alzheimer's dementia."

Senator Bill Frist, nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former US Senate majority leader, and chairman of the executive council of Cressey and Company, from the foreword

"Dr. Furman has created a unique book for the public--one that synthesizes decades of research on the prevention and early treatment of dementia into understandable chunks and practical advice. Pairing the science with personal story provides immediacy, underscoring that this advice not just a good idea, it's crucial and matters now."

Dr. Richard Ackermann, director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Mercer University School of Medicine; Hospice physician of Mrs. Dell


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    Richard Furman MD, FACS

    Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons,...

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