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Addressing the palliative care needs of people with dementia.

The longer we live the more likely we are to experience dementia and as life expectancy has increased so has the incidence of dementia. Dementia is a clinical syndrome, not a specific disease. It is evidenced through a set of symptoms, which classically include a decline in memory and thinking present for six months or more and of a degree sufficient to impair functioning in daily living (World Health Organization, 1993). There are many types of dementia resulting from a variety of ...

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