Facilitating the Functioning of Patients With Dementia In the last two decades, speech-language pathologists increasingly have been involved in the care of individuals with dementia. Dementia is a syndrome characterized by multiple cognitive deficits that are sufficient to interfere with social and occupational functioning. The syndrome is associated with many diseases; however, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Facilitating the Functioning of Patients With Dementia
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  • Kathryn A. Bayles
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, University of Arizona-Tucson
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Facilitating the Functioning of Patients With Dementia
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 1998, Vol. 3, 4-6. doi:10.1044/gero3.1.4-a
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 1998, Vol. 3, 4-6. doi:10.1044/gero3.1.4-a
In the last two decades, speech-language pathologists increasingly have been involved in the care of individuals with dementia. Dementia is a syndrome characterized by multiple cognitive deficits that are sufficient to interfere with social and occupational functioning. The syndrome is associated with many diseases; however, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most frequently occurring.
A tremendous amount of research has been conducted in the last two decades to discover the pathogenesis of the disease and the neurobehavioral deficits experienced by its victims. Although much remains to be understood about its cause and pharmacologic management, considerable progress has been made in understanding how it affects cognition and communicative function. In fact, clinicians now are in a position to make recommendations about patient care that maximize the functioning of affected individuals and even improve function. To better understand the “science of dementia management,” it is necessary to understand cognition and memory and how they are diminished in AD.
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