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Benefits of Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Early

August 9, 2015

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.

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Facts About Alzheimer’s

February 16, 2015

AlzRise2The number of Alzheimer’s cases continues to increase every year as our population grows older. Following are some basic facts about this devastating disease as reported in a recent AARP Bulletin:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia, a collective term for a number of conditions marked by a loss of mental abilities.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Alzheimer’s sufferers are women. While young people can develop Alzheimer’s, the disease is most common among people over 65.
  • Alzheimer’s currently costs the U.S. some $214 billion annually. One study estimates that 42 percent of families that include someone with Alzheimer’s spend more than $20,000 a year for care.
  • Recent studies show that the cost of caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has surpassed the cost of treatment for cancer patients or victims of heart disease. One reason is that the disease can linger for years, meaning extremely high long-term costs for both government insurance programs and families.
  • The number of Alzheimer’s cases continues to increase every year as the population grows older.
  • Alzheimer’s lags behind other diseases when it comes to federal funding for research on prevention and treatment.

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Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s On the Horizon

December 16, 2014

AlzBloodStill in early stages of development at the National Institute on Aging, a new blood test for Alzheimer’s appears to detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible, much sooner than other tests in development.

The test could soon be used to identify and treat patients with Alzheimer’s earlier in their disease progression. Those people could participate in clinical trials to help find new treatments. Already, the test distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy.

In separate research at Georgetown University, a blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease within the next few years. The test would be an improvement over expensive MRIs and PET scans currently used to diagnose Alzheimers, but which are limited in their diagnostic ability.

The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease affects thinking, memory, behavior and autonomy. It is estimated that by 2050 135 million people globally will have dementia.

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