From the Coordinator I hope you enjoy our first of two 2008 issues of Perspectives with the theme of dementia. Dementia is a prevalent concern in the geriatric population across all practice settings. According to statistics from the National Institutes on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, there are currently over three million ... Coordinator's Column
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Coordinator's Column   |   July 01, 2008
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SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2008, Vol. 13, 2-3. doi:10.1044/gero13.1.2
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2008, Vol. 13, 2-3. doi:10.1044/gero13.1.2
I hope you enjoy our first of two 2008 issues of Perspectives with the theme of dementia. Dementia is a prevalent concern in the geriatric population across all practice settings. According to statistics from the National Institutes on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, there are currently over three million people in SNFs in the United States; two thirds of them have some form and degree of dementia. Over 4 million people in the US have senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type, with estimates of over 12 million to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease by 2050.
In this issue, our authors address medical assessment and identification of dementia as well as sensory issues of vision and taste that are affected in dementing illnesses. They also offer an alternative approach when oral intake is impaired in patients with dementia.
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