Alzheimer's Disease Report

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The Alzheimer's Association has released a report indicating that more than 5 million Americans have the disease, a 10 percent increase from five years ago.  The report also indicates that the U.S. will see noticeably increasing numbers of Alzheimer's cases once baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011.

Expert:

  Dr. Valerie Cotter

  Director, Adult Health and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Programs  

  University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Credentials:

Researches Alzheimer's, cognitive function assessment of those at-risk for the disease and the possible effects of early-stage support groups on a patient's quality of life.

Serves on the Medical-Scientific Advisory Committee of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Education Committee of the American Geriatrics Society.

Additional research interests include long-term care for older adults with dementia and restraint-free care for hospitalized older adults.