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Books, Journals, New Media
February 9, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(6):743-747. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.745

Alzheimer disease is one of the greatest burdens in modern medicine, the flipside of increased life expectancy, which has resulted from the tremendous strides in hygiene and medical care of the last 100 years. The optimist will point out that less than 10% of those older than 65 years experience dementia; the pessimist will counter that in the very old (>85 years) the prevalence approaches 40%. Needless to say, the growing numbers of persons with this disease pose an increasing burden to the health care system, both acute and long-term care, and especially to their caregivers.

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