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Esther Heerema, MSW

Would You Want to Know if You Were Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease?

By January 13, 2013

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This may seem like an insulting question to some, so let me assure you that it's not meant that way.  There are many readers who are very aware of their own diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another type of dementia. In fact, some of you have sent in questions to me and are continually involved in reading about the latest research and developments.

I ask that question because, in order to best process and react to a new diagnosis of dementia, it's better to know sooner rather than later about your health condition.  It can require hard emotional work to cope with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. There are also several tasks that people might make a priority after learning about the diagnosis, such as working on financial and legal issues that may arise somewhere in the disease process.

In order to allow time to adjust to the disease, make decisions about possible future care, and be able to reap the most benefit from some of the treatments available, an early diagnosis is key. You are also eligible to participate in more clinical trials when your disease is in the early stages.

Don't wait. If you or your loved one is showing some of the symptoms of dementia, seek a professional evaluation by a physician.

Further Information

12 Benefits of Early Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease

Legal and Financial Matters in Dementia

How Is Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosed?

What to Expect in the Early Stages of Dementia


January 18, 2013 at 3:36 am
(1) Mirindranjely says:

Well, you help us to cope with alzheimer’s diagnosis. Now, we better know its signs but how to live with it? for example how to take care of a person with alzheimer’s?

Thank you

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