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Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: November 18th, 2008

While most people in a recent survey said they would encourage a loved one to seek early diagnosis if they suspected Alzheimer’s disease, when faced with the reality, only a small number sought out early diagnosis.

The reasons why some people seek early detection while others delay are complex. This survey indicates that one reason may be a lack of confidence in their ability to identify symptoms. More than 90% of those surveyed were unable to distinguish between early-stage, late-stage, and completely unrelated symptoms. It may also be a lack of awareness about treatments—a third didn’t know there were treatments available for disease symptoms, and the majority didn’t understand how those treatments work.

Whatever the reason for the delay, these findings clearly support the need for educational efforts like the one chosen by the American Express Members’ Project—the Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection Matters campaign. Read our recent posting about this campaign. This and other educational efforts need to teach about early signs of the disease and encourage people to take action if symptoms are suspected.

This on-line survey of more than 1,000 adults age 55 and over was commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Disease Screening Discussion Group (ADSDG). Visit the ADSDG website to learn more about the survey and results.

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

HROTW: Learn about Age-Related Macular Degeneration in 60 Seconds

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 20th, 2017

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