Many people think that Alzheimer’s is essentially untreatable, and therefore there is no reason to get a formal diagnosis or seek medical help for early signs and symptoms suggestive of Alzheimer’s. However, there are many benefits from early diagnosis.
1. Rule out Other Diseases
Alzheimer’s isn’t the only condition that can cause memory and cognitive problems in the elderly. Other conditions, many of them treatable, manifest with similar symptoms. These conditions include vitamin B deficiencies, medication reactions, and depression.
2. Get Treatment
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are treatments available that can slow the progression of the disease and help ease symptoms. These medications are far more effective if they are initiated in the early stages of AD. Some seniors with Alzheimer’s disease may want to participate in clinical trials to help find a cure, and most clinical trials will only enroll patients in the very earliest stages of the disease.
3. Plan Ahead
Seniors who are diagnosed early can plan their own future, including whether they prefer Alzheimer’s home care in Cincinnati to facility living. They can prepare living wills laying out their own wishes about future medical care, and decide who is going to be making medical and financial decisions for them later on when they are no longer able to do so.
4. Arrange for Support
Support groups and services are widely available for people with Alzheimer’s, their family members, and their live-in or hourly caregiver if they have one. If diagnosed early, the senior and the family can spend time looking for the help and support they’ll eventually need, so it is available when they need it.
Although an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is never easy to accept, knowing as early as possible can help you and your loved one better plan and prepare for the future. At Cincinnati Home Care Assistance, we understand how difficult moving forward after a diagnosis can be. We offer around-the-clock comprehensive care services, flexible schedules, and our dedicated Care Managers are available 24/7 to ensure you and your loved one have all the support you need, when you need it most. To learn more about our care services, call our office at 513.891.2273 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.