What You Need to Know about Alzheimer's Disease
by Matthew Domico and Valerie Hill
March 2022, 202pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7031-6
$40, £30, 35€, A55
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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050 that number is projected to hit almost 14 million.

This book provides readers with the information they need to better understand Alzheimer's disease. Written in easy-to-understand language, it is aimed at those who may have a parent, grandparent, or other loved one struggling with this condition.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes problems with thinking, memory, and behavior. Such symptoms as memory loss usually develop slowly but get worse over time, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with daily activities and bodily functions.

What You Need to Know about Alzheimer’s Disease is part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of “Top 10” essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easily navigable structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering such basics as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • Content approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering often-overlooked areas, such as societal perceptions and impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick-access answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further research
Matthew Domico, PsyD, is assistant professor of psychology at Lewis University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses about relationships, learning, biological aspects of behavior, and the practice of counseling. His academic interests include neurological variables in counseling, the relationship between physical health and mental illness, and methods of improving student learning. Before starting his career in academia, he provided psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment services to adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations in various inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.

Valerie Hill, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the undergraduate program at Lewis University. She is coauthor of Greenwood's Hanging Out: The Psychology of Socializing. Her scholarly interests include children’s and adolescents’ understanding of social relationships, college student learning, and best teaching practices. She is also interested in cognitive development throughout the lifespan.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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