Early Signs of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease has no cure and no treatment to stop its progression, but early and accurate detection and diagnosis are crucial. Sign up for more information.
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Why Early Detection and Diagnosis?
- It can be a relief to understand what is going on, for the individual with Alzheimer's and the family, and can provide time to plan for future care.
- It may allow preventive steps for brain health that could potentially delay some symptoms.
- Individuals with a cognitive impairment due to a treatable condition (not due to Alzheimer’s) can receive appropriate treatments.
- Upon diagnosis, those with the disease can discuss treatments to slow progression with their medical professional. Scientists now believe that the damage to the brain that results from Alzheimer’s disease may begin much earlier than previously thought—as much as a decade or more before symptoms appear. And it is likely that treatment will be most effective at the earlier, pre-symptomatic stage.
- Those who are diagnosed will receive more rapid access to innovative treatments that may soon enter the market. They can also join a clinical trial registry or participate in a clinical trial.
Early detection and diagnosis is a major focus for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. We are working with internationally renowned experts to outline a national strategy for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our networks each work with partners on outreach to their communities and to health professionals to urge wider use of cognitive assessments and greater awareness of the benefits of early detection and diagnosis.
Promoting Early Detection of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Our free monthly Alzheimer’s Talks teleconferences, such as the examples listed below, often address various aspects and benefits of diagnosis and early detection: