Easing the Anguish of Alzheimer's Disease

Susan Simmons Holcomb, PhD, ARNP-BC



The better you understand this tragic and still mysterious condition, the more you can help family members and other caregivers. This article defines Alzeheimer's Disease (AD), explores risk factors and potential causes, describes its diagnosis and treatment, and discusses how to help family members and others who care for Alzheimer's patients.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information to help them care for patients with Alzheimer's Disease (AD).


1. Discuss strategies for diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease (AD).
2. Differentiate the three stages of AD.
3. Describe treatments for AD.
4. Explain how to support caregivers of AD patients.


Susan Simmons Holcomb, PhD, ARNP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner at the Walk-In Health Care of Olathe in Olathe, Kansas, and Quivira Family Care in Overland Park, Kansas.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


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