Mild Cognitive Impairment Aging to Alzheimer's Disease. R.C. Petersen (Ed.), 2003, New York: Oxford University Press. 269 pp., $55.00.
People are living longer and along with this phenomenon emerges the concern about the quality of life as the person ages. While dementia is by no means a natural consequence of aging, both its incidence and prevalence increase dramatically with age, from 0.5 percent per year at the age of 65 years to nearly 8%/year after the age of 85 years (Evans et al. 1989). Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. Although the goals of treatment in patients with AD have been to improve or, at least, to slow the deterioration of memory and cognition and to maintain independent function, research is moving from controlling symptoms to early identification and prevention of age-related cognitive disabilities.