PRLog - May 13, 2009 - MIAMI -- May 10-12 HBO aired “The Alzheimer's Project,” and millions of viewers are expected to increase their awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects individuals and their family. Tragic, unremitting and incurable, this disease was shown in a recent report, The 2009 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, to affect an estimated 5.1 million Americans over 65, with a new case diagnosed every 70 seconds. Spanish language speakers in the USA are often left out of the main stream of information. “Language barriers prevent many from accessing information early on and this costs all of us in the long run. All ethnic groups are at risk,” states Dr. Zoë Ann Lewis. " I had the book translated for the 26 million Spanish speaking families here in the USA now."
La Guía Holística para la Enfermedad de Alzheimer
Author of “I Hope They Know...The Essential Handbook on Alzheimer's Disease and Care”, ISBN #978-1-60264-
Miami-based author, Zoë A Lewis, M.D., FACP, an Alzheimer’s education activist, medical doctor, and hospice and palliative care specialist, states that second only to the need for increased awareness of the disease and its characteristics, families benefit most from comprehensive holistic and traditional treatment care strategies. “Certain elements are the key to preserving dignity and quality of life over the longest period of time once the diagnosis is made,” Dr. Lewis affirms, and insists, “information must be given early on, preferably at the moment of diagnosis giving families and patients the earliest opportunity to create responsible plans for their future, no matter what age.” Book reviewers state her book provides comprehensive, easy to digest information and is a must for families needing the basics and newer holistic care options.
The TODAY SHOW health segment website and MSNBC.com cited the book in a feature discussing Alzheimer’s patients and the risk to offspring last October. The book has received high marks from experts in the field of nursing, music and art therapy and the allied health professions. The book became a listed resource with the National Alzheimer’s Association in 2008 with the Green Field Library. At the recent National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging Conference where Dr. Lewis was a faculty speaker, she received praise for her work in public outreach by AARP's Harry Moody. She has been praised by Alzheimer's Association National speakers and by the SE Florida Chapter for her local outreach work in Miami area.
The spanish translation has sixty-two concise and easy to read chapters. Along with seven renowned contributing authors, all of whom had a direct family experience with Alzheimer’s disease, they join with Dr. Zoë A. Lewis in presenting the material, including the use of photographs and poetry to inspire a feeling of hope and spirituality uncommon for books on the subject of care giving. A broad range of topics covered include: art and music therapy, therapeutic touch, changes in sexuality, risky driving behavior, financial vulnerability, legal issues, protection of personhood, medical ethics, advanced directives, nutrition, assistive technology, long-term care and hospice.
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The website zoealewis.com is dedicated to “hope through knowledge,” encouraging the dissemination of information to practitioners and families regarding end- of- life care issues and Alzheimer’s Disease. She is the producer and host of Hospice Radio on blogtalkradio.
The author, Zoë A Lewis, MD, FACP, DAAHPM, is an elected fellow to the American College of Physicians, a Diplomat of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and a former Harvard Medical School Clinical Instructor of Medicine.