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Delirium in early-stage Alzheimer's disease : enhancing cognitive reserve as a possible preventive measure

Fick, Donna M. , Kolanowski, Ann , Beattie, Elizabeth, & McCrow, Judy (2009) Delirium in early-stage Alzheimer's disease : enhancing cognitive reserve as a possible preventive measure. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(3), pp. 30-38.

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Abstract

Delirium is a disorder of acute onset with fluctuating symptoms and is characterized by inattention, disorganized thinking, and altered levels of consciousness. The risk for delirium is greatest in individuals with dementia, and the incidence of both is increasing worldwide because of the aging of our population. Although several clinical trials have tested interventions for delirium prevention in individuals without dementia, little is known about the mechanisms for the prevention of delirium in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The purpose of this article is to explore ways of preventing delirium and slowing the rate of cognitive decline in early-stage AD by enhancing cognitive reserve. An agenda for future research on interventions to prevent delirium in individuals with early-stage AD is also presented.

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ID Code: 32041
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Delirium, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Cognitive Decline
ISSN: 0098-9134
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 06 May 2010 12:56
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2013 17:38

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