Learn ways to decrease your risk for Alzheimer's and dementia starting today and how new research is looking to use technology to help!
This September marks the 10th anniversary of the global raise awareness about dementia campaign. The campaign seeks to educate and challenge the stigmas that continue around dementia. While the full month is dedicated to Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness, especially about diagnosis, World Alzheimer’s Day is on September 21st.
Can we clear up confusion about cognitive health?
There are still lots of questions around diagnosing dementia and how to maintain brain health. A recent AARP survey showed that a lot of fear, confusion, and false information still exists around dementia for the public and healthcare providers.
The public and healthcare providers perceive dementia differently. The study found that 48% of adults believe they will likely have dementia. Yet a 2007 NIA-funded epidemiological study estimated dementia is only present in 13.9% of those aged 71 and older. Thus it should come as no surprise that most patients want to know if they will have dementia and prepare for it.
Ninety-one percent of adults aged 40 and older want to be told of a dementia diagnosis, but only 78% of providers said they always tell patients that truth. This is problematic. Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) and the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) are two of the most common evaluator tests. They rely on a doctor's assessment. A doctor uses these tests to evaluate memory, language, and orientation. Unfortunately, these tests do not catch all signs of dementia.