The Benefits of Early Diagnosis
- 12 June, 2017
An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is always a difficult reality to face. Life as you or your loved one knows it is going to change forever. It is noted that 50% of cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. This lost time can be beneficial to get things in order, as well as take advantage of the amount of relative ‘normalcy’ in your life.
This is why it is important to consider early diagnosis. The biggest benefit to early diagnosis is you will have access to medications that are the most impactful when you begin the treatment in the earlier stages of the disease. This is not the case for everyone, but it is certainly worth the try.
Sufferers and family members will be given more time to find out all that they can about Alzheimer’s disease, organizations and benefits that can come along with a diagnosis. This can prolong the patient’s time spent in their own home and prepare for the changes to come.
Finally, an Alzheimer’s sufferer can take the time that they need to prepare and educate themselves about the disease before sharing the information with their loved ones. Sometimes it takes a while for the individual to process the news, and it gives them the luxury to come to terms with it before sharing the news. Once family and friends are made aware of the diagnosis, they can lend their support to organize finances, medical issues and legal issues that might arise in the coming years.