Phases of Change in the Patient with Alzheimer's Dementia: A Conceptual Dimension for Defining Health Care Management

DONNA COHEN, GARY KENNEDY, CARL EISDORFER

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Abstract

Since the progressive nature of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders of later life gradually imposes a series of significant limitations upon the patient, a successful clinical management program rests upon a conceptualization of changes in the patient. Postulating psychologic reactions helps professionals to understand and respond to the patient's needs and feelings at different stages of the disease. The phases discussed here provide the basis for defining treatment goals and management plans, selecting therapeutic strategies, identifying needed resources, and evolving innovative approaches to patient care. 1984 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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