Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Describe the epidemiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its effects on society.

2. Describe the pathophysiology including genetic and environmental factors that may be associated with the disease.

3. Detail the clinical presentation of the typical patient with AD.

4. Describe the clinical course of the disease and typical patient outcomes.

5. Describe how nonpharmacologic therapy is combined with pharmacologic therapy for patients with AD.

6. Recognize and recommend treatment options for disease-specific symptoms as well as behavioral/noncognitive symptoms associated with the disease.

7. Develop an alternative treatment plan for patients with AD.

8. Educate patients and/or caregivers about the expected outcomes for patients with AD, and provide contact information for support/advocacy agencies.

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