Alzheimer’s is a disease that often does not make itself known to the person who has it, as most people living with the disease are not aware of their own diagnosis. In fact only 45% of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (or their caregivers) report being told the diagnosis by a health care provider. This is startling when compared with the fact that 90 percent or more of those diagnosed with cancer and cardiovascular disease are told what they are facing.
Alzheimer’s does not happen overnight, and yet despite acknowledging the benefits of knowing about the diagnosis, it is not happening enough.
Benefits of disclosing a diagnosis include better diagnosis (opportunity for a second opinion), better decision-making about their lives for both the present and the future, and better medical care. Don’t be afraid to ask, and advocate for yourself or loved one if you believe Alzheimer’s may be an issue.
To find out more information about the signs of Alzheimer’s visit http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp