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4 Benefits of Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

admin - September 27, 2013

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As we grow older, our health becomes even more of a concern to ourselves and those around us. One of the growing threats to individuals of increased age is Alzheimer’s disease – a cognitive condition with no known cure. The good news is early detection and treatment can help slow the debilitating effects, or in some cases even reverse the damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease across the world are staggering. Depending on how each case is identified, there are anywhere from 2.6 to 5.2 million people living with the disease right now. The bad news is the CDC expects that number to grow exponentially over the coming decades, estimating that nearly 16 million will have the disease by 2050.


Why Early Detection Matters

Catching any condition early is better than waiting until the disease has progressed to the point of catastrophic health consequences. Studies have yet to produce a clear-cut cause of Alzheimer’s disease, but there are a number of ways all people can be on the lookout for Alzheimer’s disease warning signs so it can be caught early.

Specific benefits of early detection of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Beginning medical treatment right away. Early identification allows for aggressive therapies that can slow or even arrest the advancement of the disease.
  • Comfort with treatment plans. If caught early, an Alzheimer’s disease patient can have an open dialogue with their healthcare provider about treatment options and even experimental therapies.
  • Awareness about the road ahead. Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can educate themselves and their families on what they can expect in the future.
  • Fast action to slow the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes involving physical and mental exercise, diet and other healthy habits can be adopted that may help slow the effects of the disease.

No matter what the health condition might be, from heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, or even Alzheimer’s disease, early detection is beneficial. The sooner a disease can be identified, the sooner treatment can be sought, and the less likely the disease will result in catastrophic, life-threatening consequences.


9 Comments so far
  1. Dr. David Tal - May 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I think that earlier detection of Alzheimer’s Disease will be of great benefit to the aging population.Not only will early treatment help slow down the illness, but a lot can be learned about prevention.The elderly is a large group of people who have a lot to offer. I am very pleased to hear about any kind of research being done in this needed area.

    Alzheimer specialist

  2. Sherwood Haris - September 25, 2014 at 10:26 am


  3. George MacDonald - September 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    “Early Treatment”?

    There IS no treatment for Alzheimer’s – early or late.

    There are a few drugs that can alleviate some symptoms in the early stages but they will not change the prognosis or the progression of the disease.

    Perhaps the authors were speaking of vascular dementias rather than Alzheimer’s?

  4. Theresa - September 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    l was told by my GP dr. that there is no test to detect alzheimer’s, and if there is, who do you go to for it, Kind of Dr?

  5. DANIEL SCHALL - September 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    do you offer Alzheimer Screening and if so where and when.
    hopefully you do and in or reasonably near zip code 22602.
    What does the test(s) cost and if you don’t offer them can you advise what test(s) we should be asking our Primary care Dr about.

  6. Glenn M. Pilgrim - September 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Already has some alzheimers disease.

  7. Jay Richards - September 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Now that we know the benefits of early detection, when-where and how long before we can actually detect and discover who is/isn’t in danger or likely to develop this disease?

  8. Bob Lucian - November 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Is there food [other than pumpkin] that is good for Alzheimer’s prevention??
    Thank you.

  9. shatha atiya - November 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Specialized psychologists can evaluates cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s start around age 69. Older age related decline can be elated to dementia. Exercise, stop smoking, healthy diet and some vitamins can ensure a healthy brain. Shatha Atiya, Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist

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