chapter  3
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Learning and memory in demented patients

Oue to the increase in the standards of living and the successes of medicine in the second half of this century, the life expectancy in the western world has risen substantially. Today, the over-65 population is the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States and other western nations. It is expected that the proportion of people over age 65 will almost double by the middle of the next century (Heckler, 1985). These demographie circumstances will have a number of important consequences, not the least of which is the increase in the number of patients suffering from senile dementia.