Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Alzheimer’s Dementia

  • Chelsea Sanders
  • Joshua Matyi
  • JoAnn T. Tschanz
  • Aaron Andersen
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_489-2


Short Description or Definition

One of the leading causes of dementia in late life, Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a gradual onset and progressive course, affecting memory and other cognitive domains. Traditionally, a diagnosis of AD is made if the cognitive impairments do not occur exclusively in the context of other conditions that affect cognitive status (e.g., delirium, depression, medication side effects, thyroid malfunction, or certain vitamin deficiencies) and are of sufficient severity to cause impairment in social or occupational functioning. Recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition(DSM-V), allow a diagnosis of AD under either major or mild neurocognitive disorder. The criteria for major neurocognitive...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chelsea Sanders
    • 1
  • Joshua Matyi
    • 1
  • JoAnn T. Tschanz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aaron Andersen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Center for Epidemiologic StudiesUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA