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Bibliography expanded and updated to reflect recent research. Additional non-substantive textual revisions made throughout.

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date: 28 April 2017

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Dementia is not a disease, but a group of symptoms so severe that they inhibit normal functioning. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia in older persons impacting not only the person with the illness but the entire family. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is essential in order to assure appropriate and timely care and to exclude reversible causes of dementia. Social workers can play key roles throughout the course of the illness as educators, therapists, supporter and advocates for improved policies and services.

Keywords: dementia, Alzheimer's disease, cognitive impairment

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