Alzheimer's Disease Support Glossary of Terms

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Advance directives: These directives pertain to treatment preferences and the designation ...

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Aging: The process of becoming older, a process that is genetically determined and environ...

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Alzheimer's disease: A progressive degenerative disease of the brain that leads to dementi...

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Assisted living: A type of long-term care facility for elderly or disabled people who are ...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Clinical depression: Depressed mood that meets the DSM-IV criteria for a depressive disord...

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Dementia: Significant loss of intellectual abilities, such as memory capacity, that is sev...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Fatigue: A condition characterized by a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency ...

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Grief: The normal process of reacting to a loss. The loss may be physical (such as a death...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Medicaid: A number of US programs of public assistance for persons whose income is insuffi...

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Medicare: The US government's national health insurance program for people aged 65 and old...

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Memory: 1. The ability to recover information about past events or knowledge. ...

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Nursing: 1) Profession concerned with the provision of services essential to the maintena...

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Tired: A feeling of a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment,...

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Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.

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