Saturday, June 27, 2009

Guides to your health

We have a pretty extensive section on health and wellness here at the library, and since that is the kind of information that needs to be as up-to-date as possible, we are constantly adding new editions and new titles. Here is a sample of our latest health guides:
The Alzheimer's Advisor: a caregiver's guide to dealing with the tough legal and practical issues by Vaughn E. James. As upsetting as it is when a loved one begins to disappear behind Alzheimer's, it makes it even worse when you are also dealing with the legal and financial issues involved in providing affordable care, planning for power of attorney and guardianship, writing wills and legal liability issues. This guide helps answer some of those questions.
What to Expect When You Have Diabetes: 170 tips for living well with diabetes. This book from the American Diabetes Association provides information about medications, nutrition, foot care, complications, blood sugar levels and weight management. The topics are presented in a nice Q&A format.
Macular Degeneration: a complete guide for patients and their families by Michael A. Samuel, M.D. Retina specialist Samuel gives you advice on how to slow the progression of the disease through exercise and nutrition, the various treatment options for both dry and wet AMD (age-related macular degeneration), and how to improve the quality of your life even as your vision dims.
The Ostomy Book: living comfortably with colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies by Barbara Dorr Mullen and Kerry Anne McGinn. This is an invaluable source of information for anyone who is going to be undergoing one of these procedures; it discusses alternative procedures, what to expect before and after the surgery, and how to recover more quickly. It also provides information on how to fit your new medical needs into your current lifestyle and how to maintain good health. There are also sections in this book for patients with temporary ostomies, children & teens, and healthy pregnancies for ostomy patients.

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