Postponed or absence of diagnosis deters early treatment for Alzheimer’s patients

When patients and guardians are not informed of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis — something less than half with the sickness really get — it postpones or averts inside and out the open door for early treatment and connection with resources, according to Elizabeth Betts with the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s  yearly report — 2015 Alzheimer’s disease facts and numbers — found that just 45% of individuals with the illness or their caregivers say they were told the finding by their specialist. Discovering at an early stage permits them to grapple with what is going to happen and issues them and their family the chance to take advantage of  programs, services  and resources accessible to families through the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Evansville office offers a few care groups and training programs and approaches to unite families with resources. The new report indicated: “studies that have explored this issue have found that few patients become depressed or have other long-term emotional problems because of the Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Executive Director of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter – DeeAnna Esslinger, said all health care providers need to comprehend and finish on their calling’s approaches for revealing Alzheimer’s disease.

“We see a need for additional and more thorough education for both medical students and practicing physicians on the best practices for telling patients and their families,” she expressed.

“These disturbingly low disclosure rates for Alzheimer’s are reminiscent of disclosure rates for cancer in the 1950s and 1960s, when the word ‘cancer’ was taboo. But telling patients the truth about their diagnosis allows them to seek treatment early, when it is likely to be more effective, and gives them a voice in planning how they want to live the rest of their lives.”

Betts said the greatest invitation to take action the association has in light of the report is for health care providers to comprehend and execute their expert strategies for revelation of diagnosis to incorporate the disclosure of Alzheimer’s and different dementias and to approach Congress to focus on battling for Alzheimer’s by expanding budget for research.

“The staggering statistic from 2000 to 2013 is that Alzheimer’s deaths increased by 71% while all other major diseases decreased,” Betts disclosed.


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