May is Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Older Americans Month. This critical intersection implores us to explore emotional…more.
The Other Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Published April 26, 2021
Neuropsychiatric symptoms—or NPS—are the mood and emotional symptoms of dementias and other brain diseases that are often overlooked and undertreated. They can have an enormous negative impact on the patient, their loved ones, and their caregivers. Neuropsychiatric symptoms are often the earliest sign of Alzheimer’s disease—occurring even before a diagnosis. When combined with the early memory loss and cognitive changes, people with Alzheimer’s can find that they have trouble managing finances, miss appointments, lose interest in things they previously enjoyed, jeopardize relationships with loved ones and family members, and even get themselves into dangerous situations. This short film addresses why we need to shake the stigma and recognize neuropsychiatric symptoms as a medical condition that can be treated to lessen the burden of already devastating diseases.
Jay Reinstein is a graduate of the Alliance’s Talk NERDY to Me program, which trains older adult on patient…more.
Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Task Force
The Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Task Force is an ad hoc coalition of patient, family caregiver, and professional organizations, working collectively to organize and educate the Alzheimer’s disease community and decisionmakers on the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Accelerated Approval pathway, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) coverage determination processes for amyloid-targeted monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.