Importance of early detection
Early diagnosis offers several direct benefits to persons with dementia, noted a study published in the National Library of Health.
It added: “For example, detection can prompt evaluation of the patient for reversible causes of memory loss.
“When the course of disease is expected to be chronic and progressive, pharmacologic intervention may slow cognitive decline.
“Perhaps most importantly, early diagnosis provides time for patients and families to prepare for future care and maximises patients’ opportunities to contribute to the care planning process.
“Thus, a proactive approach to diagnosis and intervention may improve the well-being of both persons with dementia and family members involved in their care.”