A Brief Note On The Alzheimer's Disease

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2015), there are 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and 5.1 million are age 65 and older. The projection for 2025 is that the number of people with AD age 65 and older will increase 40 percent to 7.1 million. The impact and public health burden is due to the long duration of AD before death. After AD diagnosis, persons age 65 or older survive an average of 4 – 8 years (Alzheimer’s Association [AA], 2015). Being able to identify and screen adults at risk for mental disorders has always been important, and understanding the overlap between mental health and physical conditions is vital to nurse practitioner’s in primary care (Trossman, 2013). The Alzheimer’s Association (2015) states: Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is also caused by other diseases and conditions. It is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other cognitive skills that affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This decline occurs because nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain involved in cognitive function have been damaged and no longer function normally. In Alzheimer’s disease, neuronal damage eventually affects parts of the brain that enable a person to carry out basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing. People in the final stages of the disease are bed-bound and require around-the-clock care. Alzheimer’s disease is

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