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Definition, Causes, and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

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Title: Definition, Causes, and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Authors: Johansen-Khan, Reidun
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The elderly have become the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States over the past decade, and in the same period Alzheimer's Disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, has evolved as one of this country's major health problems. Currently, it is estimated that there are approximately one million severely demented persons and another three million mildly to moderately demented persons in the United States (Tower, 1987; Ringler, 1981). This illness has devastating effects on cognition, personality, and affect, and scientific evidence points out that the life expectancy of severely demented individuals is only one-third to one-half of age-matched controls, resulting in an annual mortality rate of at least 100,000 (Katzman, 1976). The economic and emotional strain of caring for patients with this disorder are enormous, but there has been little effort to assimilate scientific research findings to design a clinical care program that is effective.
Pages/Duration: 114 pages
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