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Title: Pharmacotherapeutic aspects of dementia care in Malta
Authors: Scerri, Charles
Abela, Stephen
Innes, Anthea
Keywords: Dementia -- Malta
Dementia -- Drug therapy
Dementia -- Malta -- Treatment
Dementia -- Social aspects
Dementia -- Patiens -- Malta
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Citation: Malta Medical Journal. 2010, Vol.22(3), p. 6-12
Abstract: Dementia is the most common neurodegenerative disorder of old age affecting one percent of the local general population. It is a major predictor of morbidity and mortality in the elderly, adding a significant burden on health and social care systems across Europe. The financial impact of caring for individuals with dementia is considerable and progressive loss of cognitive function does not only pose challenges to the patients but also adds significant strain on the well-being of caregivers and family members. Although no cure is available, disease progression can be delayed by early intervention and by the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents that interfere with central neurotransmitter systems involved in cognitive processes. This review presents current trends in pharmacotherapeutic intervention in dementia care together with caregiver perceptions on treatment expectations in Malta.
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