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Why You Should Request Alzheimer’s Screenings

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.

3 Benefits of Asking for an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Test

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:

  1. Clarity for Yourself and Your Loved Ones
    Getting checked by your doctor can reveal whether the symptoms you’re concerned about are definitely caused by Alzheimer’s, or another condition that is reversible or can be treated. If it’s the latter, receiving early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can help reduce symptoms and improve brain function. It’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with so you can receive the best care available.
  2. Access to Treatment Options and Clinical Trials

    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.

  3. Proper Planning for the Future
    An early diagnosis gives you and your family the opportunity to plan for the future. You’ll have more time to learn about the disease and develop realistic expectations about what you could experience. For example, perhaps considering an early retirement is the best option for you and your family. Or, you may need to consider safety and security issues around your home. At any rate, preparing for the future will help reduce stress and lessen feelings of uncertainty moving forward.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s with Episcopal SeniorLife Communities!

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. 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 have 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.

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