According to an Alzheimer's Disease International report, most people living with Alzheimer's s or dementia do not receive a formal diagnosis until they have entered the disease's later stages. Unfortunately, the lack of proper diagnosis then limits access to adequate care and possible treatment for seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer's.
By receiving an early diagnosis at the first sign of symptoms, seniors can better prepare themselves. Here are six imperative reasons to see your doctor if you notice your loved one has displayed any possible symptoms.
1. Earlier diagnosis allows the individual to participate more actively in their own health-care decisions and plans.
2. Treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is typically most effective when started early in the disease process.
3. An early diagnosis allows the person to set priorities based on what is important to them, such as travelling, pursuing new goals, or deciding when to stop working.
4. An early diagnosis allows the person with dementia to make informed decisions about legal, financial and care matters and make their wishes known to their family and friends.
5. The person and their family can benefit from local Alzheimer Society information, support and education programs to learn how to live well with dementia.
6. Supporting families who understand the disease and the challenges that come with its progression can better care for the person with dementia and get the help that's right for them.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's, it may be time to begin researching Memory Care Homes in your area. Metta Lifestyles retirement communities provide a selection of enhanced assisted living and memory care programs that provide safety and security for our residents. Residents and their families can take comfort in knowing they can live comfortably in a loving and caring environment with dedicated staff and supportive programming.
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