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Alzheimer’s disease and language impairments: social intervention and medical treatment

Authors Klimova B, Maresova P, Valis M, Hort J, Kuca K

Received 2 June 2015

Accepted for publication 8 July 2015

Published 27 August 2015 Volume 2015:10 Pages 1401—1408

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S89714

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Blanka Klimova,1 Petra Maresova,2 Martin Valis,3 Jakub Hort,4,5 Kamil Kuca6,7

1
Department of Applied Linguistics, 2Department of Economics, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, 3Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove and University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Charles University in Prague, Hradec Kralove, 4Department of Neurology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Motol University Hospital, Prague, 5International Clinical Research Center, St Anne’s University Hospital Brno, Brno, 6Center for Basic and Applied Research, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, 7Biomedical Research Center, University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Abstract: Communication is very important for people to be successfully integrated into social environment and make and maintain relationship. Particularly, language difficulties lead to social exclusion of the people affected with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and contribute to a significant decrease in the quality of their life and also have a big impact on their family members who in most cases become their caregivers who need to communicate with their loved ones in order to meet their needs. Therefore, the goal of this study is to describe language impairments in the individual phases of AD and discuss their improvement with respect to AD on the basis of literature review. The authors of this article use traditional research methods in order to achieve the goal set mentioned earlier. First, a method of literature review of available sources describing language impairments in the individual phases of AD is exploited. Second, to show how informal caregivers and relevant drugs can successfully intervene in the improvement of these language impairments, a method of comparison of different research studies exploring such social intervention and medical treatment is used.

Keywords:
Alzheimer’s disease, language impairments, social intervention, strategies, caregivers, clinical drugs
 

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