Date

March 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.P.H.

Department

Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

The thesis committee has agreed to have the candidate structure the written thesis to include an the original research conducted sandwiched between an in depth introduction and discussion that is suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. A. INTRODUCTION Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease of the brain that is irreversible. It has an insidious progression that destroys memory and other thinking skills severe enough to eventually affect functional capacity and the ability to carry out even the simplest activities of daily living.[superscript 1] AGING AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY The 20-year increase in average life span over the second half of the 20th century and the elevated fertility in many countries following the 2 decades after World War II will result in a larger proportion of people aged 65 years and older spanning from today to 2030.[superscript 1] This age strata (≥ 65 years) will increase from about 35 million in 2000 to 71 mil

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4QF8QVR

School

School of Medicine

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