In recent years, there have been more studies and research done regarding Alzheimer’s disease. Many physicians, scientists, and other professionals are trying to find new ways to diagnose this disease more accurately. In addition, family caregivers and professional caregivers are trying to find the best ways to spot symptoms of this disease in their elderly loved one as early as possible.

When it comes to diagnosing early Alzheimer’s, here are some things that you need to know.

Assessments and Tests Will Need to Be Done

Caregiver North Hills PA - Diagnosing Early Alzheimer’s: What Do You Need to Know?

Caregiver North Hills PA – Diagnosing Early Alzheimer’s: What Do You Need to Know?

If you want to have Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed earlier for your elderly loved one, it is important to know that assessments and tests will need to be done. The doctors will need to get the information regarding your elderly loved one’s symptoms. They will need to talk to your elderly loved one, yourself, and the caregivers that provide care for your loved one. The doctors will need to know about any personality or behavior changes that have occurred in your elderly loved one. Your elderly loved one’s doctor might want to do bloodwork, MRIs, and other tests. They will use everything obtained to help diagnose this disease.

No Perfect Answer

With infections, bloodwork can be done to help diagnose the infection. For instance, if the white blood cell count is high, this signifies an infection. However, when it comes to diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease, there is no perfect answer. There is no perfect way to diagnose this disease. For instance, you can’t just run one test and figure out if your elderly loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. Your elderly loved one might have to go to multiple doctors for their diagnosis. Even then, they may have to see the same doctor multiple times over a certain time period before a diagnosis is given.

Getting Early Treatment

It is important to remember that the earlier this disease can be diagnosed, the earlier your elderly loved one can get treatment. With treatment, your elderly loved one can have less severe symptoms. In addition, their symptoms might not progress as quickly when receiving treatments. This is why it is so essential for you and the caregivers to spot signs of Alzheimer’s disease early on for your elderly loved one.

These are some of the things that you needed to know about diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease. If you think there is a chance that your elderly loved one has this disease, be sure to schedule them an appointment with their doctor. If caregivers tell you they believe your elderly loved one has this disease, listen to them.

Sources:  https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/how-alzheimers-disease-diagnosed

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Nicole Kelly, Branch Administrator
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