World Alzheimer's Day

September 21, 2011

As anyone who has dealt with Alzheimer’s can tell you, it’s a struggle for everyone involved. Whether it’s a spouse, a family member, an in-law, a friend or a neighbor, the long-term outlook can quickly become overwhelming.

I’ve not had to deal with this first-hand, but have friends who’ve watched their parents and grandparent succumb to this disease. They’ve told me how difficult it was to watch their family members forget who they are, where they are, and see their mental state decline. The family members were often angry, confused, and sometimes got into physical altercations with their caregivers.

An article in Innovate earlier this year discusses how a new study found that friends and family are better at detecting Alzheimer’s disease earlier, as they are more apt to notice changes in behavior. There is a two-minute questionnaire called the Ascertain Dementia 8 (AD8) questionnaire that helped to deduce this.

The specialists at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Memory Diagnostic Center are well-versed in working with patients and their families on diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. They work with  patients and their families to provide the kind of therapy that will work best for them in an effort to slow the disease process and to make necessary lifestyle arrangements.

To test your knowledge of Alzheimer’s, take our online quiz here.


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Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery, Research

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