Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a common and devastating neurodegenerative disorder of the elderly. Most older individuals receive their health care solely within the general practice/primary care setting. Dementia, and complications related to dementia, will impose growing demands on the general practice sector as the US population ages.
The Steel Valley Seniors Survey is a clinical epidemiological study which examines the prevalence, outcomes, and prognostic factors in Alzheimer's and other dementias in an elderly general practice patient population drawn from a stable, economically depressed community in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We have completed the five years of funding from this National Institute on Aging funded grant (AG16705) and are currently analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
We acknowledge support from the Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging (NNA) Program, National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH, and the encouragement received from program staff during the course of this project.