Benefits of Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Early

earlydetect1The early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are so similar to those of natural aging that the disease is often diagnosed too late for effective treatment.

Individuals may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, especially forgetting recently learned information.
  • Finding it hard to follow a plan or solve problems; difficulty concentrating and taking much longer to do things than they did before.

    Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

  • Losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time; trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately; forgetting where they are or how they got there.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, including difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.
  • Trouble following or joining a conversation, struggling with vocabulary.

    Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

  • Changes in judgment or decision-making.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  • Changes in mood and personality. People can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, anxious, or easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

There is no single test that can show whether a person has Alzheimer’s but a skilled physician can diagnose Alzheimer’s with more than 90 percent accuracy. Diagnosis typically will include a thorough medical history, mental status testing and a physical and neurological exam, including blood tests and brain imaging to rule out other causes of dementia-like symptoms.

Benefits of early Alzheimer’s detection:

  • You can get the maximum benefit from available treatments which provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer.
  • You can increase the chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research.
  • You may have more time to plan for the future in terms of your care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters.
  • You can participate in building the right care team and social support network.
  • You and your loved ones can take advantage of available care and support services that might make it easier for you and your family to live the best life possible with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Concerned about Alzheimer’s for yourself or a loved one? Optiminds professional brain training skills center has earned a reputation for helping people of all ages improve memory and cognitive skills. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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