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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 207178, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/207178
Review Article

Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Research Update for Health Care Practitioners

1International Brain Research Foundation Inc., 227 Route 206 North, Building 2, Suite 101, Flanders, NJ 07836, USA
2RSM Psychology Center, LLC 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 5, Suite 110, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA

Received 5 June 2013; Accepted 22 July 2013

Academic Editor: Michelle M. Mielke

Copyright © 2013 Philip A. DeFina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Of the approximately 6.8 million Americans who have been diagnosed with dementia, over 5 million have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Due to the rise in the aging population, these figures are expected to double by 2050. The following paper provides an up-to-date review of clinical issues and relevant research. Research related to the methods of the earliest possible detection of AD is ongoing. Health care professionals should play a critical role in differentially diagnosing AD patients, as well as supporting their families. Novel interventions, including medications, natural supplements, and behavioral techniques, are constantly appearing in the literature. It is necessary for the health practitioner to remain current, regarding AD, as such information will facilitate better care for patients and their families.