The Evolution of Cognitive Screening

April 11, 2017

Today it is widely recognized that there are many reasons to screen for cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease beginning at age 65.

Considerations include:

  1. Early dementia-especially Alzheimer’s disease is easily missed. Early dementia, including mild cognitive impairment is a subtle problem. Family members often avoid the problem and compensate the individual.
  2. Physicians tend to miss the initial signs and symptoms, so about 90 % of Alzheimer’s cases are missed early , and many individuals who have Alzheimer’s are never recognized as having the disease.
  3. Diagnoses are still missed at moderate and severe levels, and estimates are that 25 to 50 % of cases remain undiagnosed.
  4. Screening may lead to better care.
  5. Early detection can inform caregiver education and help caregivers better understand the symptoms and behaviors of individuals in their care.
  6. Early preparation can can reduce family stress and misunderstanding, caregiver burden, blame and denial.
  7. Early awareness of the problem of dementia may help those most involved to promote advocacy for research for a treatment and a cure.

ActivMed gives free memory screenings at two of our research sites, call for an appointment and more information.
Methuen, Ma. 978-655-7155, ask for Ashley or Deepa
Portsmouth, NH 603-319-8863, ask for Kendra or Abi

information provided by AFA Care Quarterly

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