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Why Early Detection of Alzheimer’s and Dementia is Important

by Katie Riggs on November 17, 2014

Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s dementia so some seniors may wonder why it is important to test for the disease or seek early diagnosis. Alzheimer’s can be a very frightening disease for the individual, their loved ones, and caregivers. Early diagnosis often allows the individual to take part in planning for their future care and treatment.

The Alzheimer’s Association has published a great list of early warning signs of the disease. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to seek help from a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating dementia.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

Planning for the Future
Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a life-altering experience.  Early detection of the disease, however, may allow the person to take part in decisions about their future including medical care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters. Additionally, the individual may choose to utilize home care support from their existing network of family and friends or seek the support of an in-home care company.

If you are in need of legal assistance from an attorney who specializes in elder law in the State of Indiana, please visit the Indiana National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s Inc. for a listing of elder law practices in your area. 

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, please check out this Newly-Diagnosedpacket provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.