Alzheimer's Disease

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Abstract

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. In addition to cognitive symptoms, patients are likely to experiences disturbances in mood, behaviour, function and interpersonal relationships. The basis of the evaluation and diagnosis of older adults is a careful history, not only from the patient but also incorporating input from family members as to the nature of the onset and progression of symptoms. Risk factors for AD have been identified and should be reviewed with the patient and family. Clinicians should become familiar with brief, office-based assessment tools that improve the ability to detect early signs of cognitive impairment. Current treatments offer symptomatic benefits to the patients with the promise of disease-modifying therapies in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationFifth Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Pages865-880
Number of pages16
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780470683934
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 12 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyloid
  • Cholinesterase inhibitors
  • Dementia
  • NMDA receptor antagonists
  • Non-pharmacological approaches
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Screening
  • Tau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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