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November 12, 2018

Beyond a Cure: Four Ways an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Can Help Patients

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP

We all forget things from time to time. For some, more progressive forms of dementia set in and their cognitive function decreases over time. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for upwards of 80 percent of all dementia cases, and there is no known cure. Without clear treatment options, many patients and their families struggle with the rationale for seeking treatment. Here are 4 reasons why getting checked is a good idea:

You may be wrong. Certain conditions may present like Alzheimer’s, but turn out to be something different, and perhaps even treatable.

To lessen the symptoms. Some treatments can reduce memory loss and confusion for a period, and early diagnosis can maximize these options.

Access clinical trials. While there is no cure, advanced trials are working to crack the Alzheimer’s code, and some can provide medical benefits in addition to data.

Get in fighting shape. Quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure, exercising and staying mentally active can help preserve cognitive function.

Alzheimer’s is progressive, but it’s not hopeless. Getting checked will give you the tools and the support to fight back!