How to Miss a Diagnosis of Dementia: Go to the Doctor Alone

A Johns Hopkins study suggests that dementia is an even greater problem than we know. According to this research, a significant majority of seniors with dementia are undiagnosed — or are not aware that they have been diagnosed.

The biggest risk factor for a senior being unaware of their diagnosis? Going to the doctor alone. People with dementia who go to medical appointments without a relative or friend are only half as likely to be diagnosed with dementia as those who are accompanied at doctor’s appointments. This is especially so when the dementia is less severe.

The takeaway: it is crucial to accompany an older person to health appointments, especially if are showing some signs of cognitive decline. Having someone besides the patient who can give information about cognitive function is critical to the early diagnosis — and early intervention — of dementia.

Concerned about dementia in yourself or a loved one? Do not delay diagnosis and care. Contact Atlantic Coast Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Lakewood, NJ, 732-364-7100, or by clicking here, to get the best information about dementia, Alzheimer’s, and how to handle a diagnosis.

Atlantic Coast provides care that is specifically designed to address the needs of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive disorders.

For the safety and well-being of cognitively impaired residents, Atlantic Coast offers a separate secure unit. The wide corridors are homelike and easy to navigate, creating an environment with a sense of familiarity and security.

The Alzheimer’s unit caregivers are specially trained to care for memory impaired residents. With their extra sensitivity and understanding of the condition and its impact, our caregivers treat each resident with dignity and love.

The cognitively impaired care program helps patients maximize their cognitive function. Likewise, the activities program is designed to foster social interaction and an appreciation of life.

For patients in more advanced stages, innovative sensory therapies such as audiovisual stimuli and aromatherapy are beneficial in inducing a sense of calm.

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