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Managing families of the demented elderly.
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PMID:  7086358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dementing illness affects about 10 percent of people over 65 years of age, and families encounter many problems as they attempt to care for these relatives. Physicians can assist in several ways, beginning with establishing an accurate diagnosis, as terms such as "senility," "dementia," and "hardening of the arteries" are imprecise and may convey an attitude of hopelessness. A psychiatric, medical, and laboratory evaluation usually leads to a specific diagnosis. About one half of all cases are due to Alzheimer's disease, but there is frequently a treatable component to the demented patient's condition. In addition to making an accurate diagnosis and treating reversible problems, physicians can assist the family in having the patient do all he or she is capable of including increasing specific activities, can help the family understand that even their best efforts may not lead to improvement, can point out ways for the family to balance the patient's needs with their own, and can teach the family how to communicate more effectively with the patient.
B V Reifler; S Wu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0094-3509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  1982 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-08-07     Completed Date:  1982-08-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1051-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Alzheimer Disease / diagnosis
Dementia* / diagnosis
Dependency (Psychology)
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis,  therapy
Professional-Family Relations*

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