Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City hosted experts Michelle Niedens, Licensed Social Worker, and the director of My Alliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education and Eric Vidoni, PT, PhD, Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core for the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Michelle and Eric lent their expertise in the live video “Why Early Detection of Dementia is Important” to speak about the importance of detecting Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages.
When a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s is detected in its early stages, preventative measures, treatments and lifestyle changes can be applied to effectively slow the disease. Though there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, doctors and scientists have made great strides in its treatment.
Early detection allows for more effective treatment options. A complete and thorough evaluation for the dementia is 92% accurate, so it’s worth taking the time to get checked.
Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Signs that a person might be struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer’s include:
- More frequent jokes about memory
- More reliance on taking notes, calendars, confirming information
- Forgetfulness that concerns, surprises or is identified as feeling different
- Having a more difficult time with multi-tasking
- Changes in ability to integrate numbers
- An overall sense it’s getting harder to function
It’s the Brain, People!
The brain is the command center for our bodies. Yet testing for dementia is rarely performed. Now that science has a better understanding of how the brain works, there are fewer stigmas around cognition than in the past. We, as a culture, are beginning to understand that we need to actively care for our “command center” and its functioning.
Family members who are noticing a decline in a loved one’s cognition and functionality should have a conversation about getting checked for dementia. Catching a cognitive disease in its early stages can help a loved one live a happier, more fulfilling life.
At Thoughtful Health Care, we are in the business of providing in-home care for people with memory issues like Alzheimer’s. Please contact us for more information about the services we provide to families in the Kansas City metro area.
Watch the “Why Early Detection of Dementia is Important” livestreamed video below:
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