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Health Service Provision for Older Patients: Alzheimer's Disease
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Health Service Provision for Older Patients: Alzheimer's Disease Introduction Dementia is one of the haunting problems that occurs frequently in the elderly (Advisory Panel on Alzheimer’s Disease, 1996). There are several causes for dementia and the most frequently encountered cause is Alzheimer's disease.
The current rise in elderly population due to improvements in health care systems (WHO, 2006) has caused an increase in the number of patients suffering from dementia and hence more research, education, understanding and training with regard to management of dementia patients in hospital setting is warranted. In this essay, the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, Alzheimer's disease, will be discussed through review of literature. The signs and symptoms of the disease, the pathophysiology and various aspects of nursing intervention will be elaborated. Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common degenerative disease of the brain that leads to dementia (Anderson, 2010). Infact, it is the most common cause of dementia and is incurable. The disease is an acquired condition in which there is impairment of cognition and behavior of the individual that is severe enough to disrupt normal occupational and social functioning of the individual. AD is a major public health problem associated with significant morbidity, impairment and economic consequences (Anderson, 2010). ...
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