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OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of early-onset dementia (EOD) and to compare the clinical characteristics of EOD vs late-onset dementia (LOD) in a geographically defined area. METHODS We used data from the Registry of Dementia of Girona (ReDeGi), an epidemiologic surveillance system of dementia. The ReDeGi is a standardized clinical registry of new(More)
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are characterized by fluctuations in their frequency and severity as well as by differences in the concurrent presentation of different symptoms. The goal of the current study was to identify groups of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) that had similar trajectories in the expression of BPSD. Over(More)
AIMS To compare care recipient and caregiver perceptions of quality of life in patients (QoL-p) with Alzheimer's disease (AD). To identify associated factors, and the concordances-discrepancies. METHOD Cross-sectional analytic study of 236 patients and their carers using the Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease (QoL-AD) scale, socio-demographic data and(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify patient groups with Alzheimer disease (AD) according to the presence of psychological and behavioral syndromes and to determine the clinical differences among these groups. METHODS Cross-sectional and observational study of 491 patients with probable AD whom were administered the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) at the baseline(More)
The use of biometrics has been successfully applied to security applications for some time. However, the extension of other potential applications with the use of biometric information is a very recent development. This paper summarizes the field of biometrics and investigates the potential of utilizing biometrics beyond the presently limited field of(More)
BACKGROUND Information on dementia incidence in Spanish populations is still scarce, and there is a dearth of prospective studies. OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence rates of dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) in a population cohort aged 75 and over in a rural area in Spain. METHODS A prospective population cohort study over(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to determine the effect of depressive symptoms of patients in the burden perceived by the carer, evaluate the course of this burden in relation to the disappearance, persistence or appearance of depressive symptoms after twelve months and find which factors are associated with a rise or fall in the carer s load after(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the factors which affect the burden and quality of life in carers of patients with Alzheimer's disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS From a sample of 234 carers of patients in the Unit for Assessment of Memory and Dementia with a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease, according to the scale of National Institute of Neurological and(More)
The Stroop Color and Word Test (SCWT) is a short test that is widely used in neuropsychological assessment to evaluate the executive aspects of attention control, information processing speed, selective attention, cognitive flexibility, and executive function in terms of the ability to inhibit a usual response in favor of an unusual response. The aim of(More)
INTRODUCTION At present acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEI) are used in the treatment of the cognitive deterioration associated with Alzheimer s disease (AD). The side effects of these drugs are linked with the increase in acetylcholine, which limits their effectiveness, and must be adjusted to the patient close to the maximum tolerated dose. PATIENTS(More)