Dementia Assessment

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Alzheimer's disease represents an insidious and progressive neurocognitive disorder. With symptoms that tend to emerge almost unnoticeably, early, occasional lapses of memory frequently get overlooked as simple cases of forgetfulness. However, over time, it becomes clear that something is happening to the mind of a loved one, neighbor, or friend.
What are the hallmark features of Alzheimer's Disease? As the most common and recognized Major Neurocognitive Disorder (MND), Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a decline of one or more cognitive functions that progressively worsen and interfere with a person's capacity to function independently. In order to arrive at a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, these signs and symptoms cannot be attributed to another medical or psychiatric disorder. diagnostic assessment for dementia and the presence of Alzheimer's disease typically begins with the patient's history of symptoms and an evaluation of current mental status. Because the signs and symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease can be subtle and overlap other conditions, additional neuropsychological and medical testing may be required to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. It's also essential to distinguish dementia from normal age-related cognitive change.With early assessment and detection, individuals with Alzheimer's disease often have a better chance of benefiting from treatment that provides a measure of symptomatic improvement and helps to slow the progression of the disease. It also allows time to make well-informed and considerate plans. Today, there are many resources and support groups available to help individuals and their families determine living situation options as well as make decisions regarding healthcare, financial, and legal matters."

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