For those of you who have been following our blog, you may know that November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month! As you’ll recall from our last post, we are taking questions related to caregiving or Alzheimer’s Disease and doing our best to answer them for you!
Our first question is this:
“I think my loved one may be showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease – when should we see a doctor?”
Now. It is important to get a diagnosis early so that you can explore treatments that may provide some symptom relief and help your loved one stay independent for as long as possible. You will also want to make sure that you have as much time as possible to plan for the future. Your doctor may refer your loved one to a specialist which may be helpful in making sure that you get the most accurate diagnosis possible. Getting an accurate diagnosis will lead to accurate and hopefully effective, treatment options. Remember- there are many different types of dementia and they are not all treated the same. Finding the best treatment options for your loved one as early on as possible will increase the potential efficacy of those options. If you or a loved one need information about Alzheimer’s Disease or the types of dementia, or if you would like a list of physicians or diagnostic centers, be sure to call the Alzheimer’s Association and speak to your local chapter: 1-800-272-3900.
For additional information about the diagnostic process, disease information and online resources, check us out online at http://www.alz.org.