Jimmie L. Valentine
Carrie R. Valentine
If Alzheimer's disease were as prevalent as cancer, it would replace cancer as the most dread disease. Cancer patients often face a long, painful death with little hope of recovery; however, they do normally retain their mental capacities and personalities, albeit under stress, until the last few weeks or even moments of life. The period of bedridden debilitation is usually several weeks or months. Alzheimer's patients, however, experience gradual mental deterioration that affects their ability to perform routine physical tasks and to relate to their closest family members; the period that they live beyond the loss of these capacities is often years. The stage at which
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Publication information: Book title: Caring for Alzheimer's Patients:A Guide for Family and Healthcare Providers. Contributors: Gary D. Miner - Editor, Linda A. Winters-Miner - Editor, John P. Blass - Editor, Ralph W. Richter - Editor, Jimmie L. Valentine - Editor. Publisher: Plenum Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1989. Page number: 9.
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