Dementia in the Older Adult

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By the year 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to reach 1.5 billion worldwide (United Nations, 2019). A significant percentage of older adult populations are diagnosed with dementia, which is a chronic and progressive decline in cognitive abilities (Mayo Clinic, 2019). The growing population of older adults coupled with the high percentages of dementia diagnosis in their population causes a major health concern about the availability and allocation of both human and financial resources to adequately care for this population. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2020a), half of physicians today do not feel that the medical profession is prepared to meet the growing demand.

Caring for the older adult with dementia requires a strong knowledge of health issues and resources as well as excellent teamwork skills. 



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By the year 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to reach 1.5 billion worldwide (United Nations, 2019). A significant percentage of older adult populations are diagnosed with dementia, which is a chronic and progressive decline in cognitive abilities (Mayo Clinic, 2019). The growing population of older adults coupled with the high percentages of dementia diagnosis in their population causes a major health concern about the availability and allocation of both human and financial resources to adequately care for this population. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2020a), half of physicians today do not feel that the medical profession is prepared to meet the growing demand.

Caring for the older adult with dementia requires a strong knowledge of health issues and resources as well as excellent teamwork skills. 



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