DEMENTIA STUDY: THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMELY MENTAL ASSESSMENT

Nov 27, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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A new study of nearly 300 older American Zoomers shows only half of adults, later found to have dementia, ever had a timely assessment.

Researchers say this may serve as a reminder that, as better treatments lead to progress in treating dementia, any suspicion – be it from a loved one, friend or co-worker – should prompt a visit to the doctor and a request for a full evaluation.

While the search for a cure goes on, treatment can lead to significant improvements in quality of life – both for patient and loved ones.

Evaluations can lead to earlier treatments with more time spent at a milder stage of the disease.

The findings are in the journal, ”Neurology.”

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