Hospice & Palliative Care

Dementia 老年痴呆症 (Reading & Sharing)

As the U.S population ages, the risk for age-related illness such as dementia increases. Dementia is a neurocognitive syndrome with persistent intellectual and functional decline. There are three main sets of symptoms: debilitating cognitive decline, decreased independence in activities of daily living, and behavioral changes. Patients with advanced progressive dementia due to Alzheimer’s or multiple infarcts can live a long time until they finally develop complications that take their lives. They are considered close to death when they are functionally incapacitated and complicating conditions develop.

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