Why is Early Diagnosis and Treatment Important for Alzheimer’s?

Memory loss was once thought of as an inevitable part of aging. While it is normal to sometimes forget dates, names, or misplace things, it should not interfere with the ability to function normally.  Memory loss or confusion should be evaluated by a neurologist or a physician familiar with dementing illnesses.  This evaluation will lead to an accurate diagnosis while ruling out other possible medical conditions such as depression, medication toxicity, stroke, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, NPH or Parkinson’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a progressive loss of memory and cognitive function.  It is the most common form of dementia in the United States and there are an estimated 5 million people living with this disease.  Untreated it is ultimately fatal.  Early detection and treatment are important as there is a greater chance of benefiting from available medications in the earlier stages.  Once stabilized on these medications, one may consider participation in a disease modifying research protocol.  Clinical trials may allow participants to treat with medications that if successful, have the potential to change the course of the disease.  Other benefits to being part of a research study include office visits, labs, and study medications all at no cost to the patient.  We are encouraged with alternative treatment options available through research.

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About the Author:Dr. Michael Tuchman

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