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Early Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease

Barbara A. Duncan, M.S.N., A.P.R.N.; and Alan P. Siegal, M.D.

Published: March 1, 1998

Article Abstract

It is only recently that Alzheimer’s disease has become recognized as a major public health concern.Not only those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are impacted by the disease; the emotionaltoll exacted on caregivers is enormous, and the financial costs incurred by the United States are staggering.Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can prevent costly and inappropriate treatment and permitsearlier treatment of symptoms. There have been several recent pharmacologic advances in thetreatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including the development of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Forany intervention to prove successful, however, early and accurate diagnosis and effective diseasemanagement are crucial.

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Volume: 59

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