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October 10, 2019
Think back to the last wellness visit with your doctor. Did you receive a cognitive assessment to screen for Alzheimer’s or dementia? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many older adults don’t receive regular cognitive tests during routine doctor visits, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association.
In fact, just 16 percent of older patients surveyed say they receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health checkups. This means that many seniors are diagnosed in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, making it more difficult to explore treatment options early and prepare for the future. With an early diagnosis, appropriate treatment can help slow the progression of the disease. In this post, we’re going to break down the benefits of being proactive and getting an Alzheimer’s screening.
If you notice any symptoms or warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, schedule an appointment with your doctor and request a cognitive test as soon as possible. While some age-related memory loss is normal as we get older, in some cases forgetfulness is a symptom of something more serious. Early screenings and diagnosis offer several benefits for seniors and their families:
At the moment, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are medications and therapeutic treatments that have been shown to stop or slow the rate of cognitive decline. That’s part of the reason why getting an Alzheimer’s screening is so important.
Treatment of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are most effective when started at the onset of the disease. And, with an early diagnosis, seniors can participate in clinical trials for new medications that may provide medical benefits and advance medical research to find a cure.
Once again, Team ESLC will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, October 12. Registration at Frontier Field begins at 8:30 am, and the walk starts at 10:00 am. Click here to join Team Episcopal SeniorLife Communities! Meet at our booth on the concourse at 9:00 a.m. for group photos and a fun pre-walk gathering. Or, if you’re unable to walk with us, please consider making a donation to our team in the quest to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
One in 10 Americans age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s. Together, we can find a cure!
At ESLC, we are committed to supporting those with Alzheimer’s and their families. Our memory care communities offer specialized support for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information about our memory support services, please contact us today or call 585-546-8400.