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"Early diagnosis is vital and has made all the difference in my life. Knowing I have Alzheimer’s has given me time to plan.”

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The Alzheimer's Association is taking the lead to improve the quality of life and the quality of care for people living with dementia and to educating health care providers to provide the best possible dementia care.

 

Benefits to Early Diagnosis


Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease: Important Information for Physicians

Benefits for people with dementia and their families
  • People in the early stages of the disease will be better able to report symptoms and concerns and understand their own disease process
  • Opportunities to find community resources, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, that may maximize opportunities for independence
  • More time to plan for the future
  • Increased ability to choose their care team
  • Best opportunity to benefit from available treatments
  • Ability to participate in clinical studies
  • Gives families the opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s and plan for their future together, which may result in reduced stress and feelings of burden
Benefits for physicians
  • Easier identification of treatable or reversible disorders that may cause further medical or psychosocial complication
  • Early diagnosis and intervention that allows for prescribing medications may improve symptoms
  • Ability to more effectively manage complications from co-existing medical conditions
  • Ability to make referrals to available clinical studies in your area
  • Better understanding of patient’s abilities to manage their own care, including medications
  • Reduction in possible errors or poor compliance when gauging self-care abilities of the person
  • Respect for a patient’s right for self-determination and ability to make their own healthcare decisions whenever possible
  • Time to address safety concerns before accidents or emergencies occur


 


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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.