Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared diagnoses for our patients and their families. This supplement starts with an overview by Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., of the therapeutic targets being explored to expand treatment options. Next, Peter M. Aupperle, M.D., M.P.H., provides an excellent clinical guide to the detection, assessment, and management of Alzheimer's disease, including practical tips on the use of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Finally, Pierre N. Tariot, M.D., defines the benefits from currently available therapies, a review that can be very helpful in counseling families regarding the potential significant improvements in cognition, function, and quality of life to be derived from treatment. The new insights from this supplement update the clinician with the key information required to optimize care for those at all stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Editor in Chief
The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry