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date: 24 July 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementiaslocked

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementiaslocked

  • Carole B. CoxCarole B. CoxFordham University

Summary

Dementia is not a disease, but a group of symptoms so severe that they inhibit normal functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in older persons, impacting not only the person with the illness but also the entire family. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is essential to assure appropriate and timely care and to exclude reversible causes of dementia. Social workers can play key roles throughout the course of the illness as educators, therapists, supporters, and advocates for improved policies and services.

Subjects

  • Aging and Older Adults
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice

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References and statistics updated to reflect recent research

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