Should I Be Screened for Alzheimer’s Disease?

An early diagnosis of Alzheimer's could help you keep as many good years as possible.

As modern medicine advances, screenings have become one of the most important tools in preventative healthcare. Catching problems early often results in more effective treatment for the patient. Although Alzheimer's disease does not have a cure yet, early treatments can preserve a high quality of life for a longer period of time.

Who Should Be Screened?

If you have a family history of Alzheimer's, you may want to start screening before any symptoms arrive. These tests can begin as early as 50 years old. Ask your doctor when he might recommend your first screening.

Testing should also be conducted whenever early symptoms seem to be developing. These warning signs include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulties maintaining focus
  • Struggling with word recall
  • Struggling with familiar tasks
  • A sudden tendency to misplace objects
  • Getting lost frequently
  • Behavior or mood changes

How Do Screenings Work?

There is currently no straightforward diagnostic method of Alzheimer's disease. Tests often include a combination of brain images, interviews, and physical examinations. Together, these approaches can provide a clear picture of the patient's condition and risk.

Can I Screen at Home?

Home tests are available to assess early symptoms, but they are not a replacement for professional evaluations. If you are at high risk, these tests may be helpful. You'll still want to make regular appointments with your doctor. Be sure to schedule an assessment if your at-home test detects any potential problems.

Ready to be tested for Alzheimer's disease? Our Neuroscience Center will provide you with answers you can trust. Learn more at our website, or call us at 1-855-80PLAZA for a physician referral.

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