Ep 3: When Should Someone Be Concerned about Alzheimer's Disease?

Ep 3: When Should Someone Be Concerned about Alzheimer's Disease?

With approximately 500,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, and a potential 1 in 5 being misdiagnosed, our guests explain the critical role of early diagnosis in managing Alzheimer's. But how do you know when you should talk to your doctor about Alzheimer’s disease? 

In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we dive into the importance of early detection of Alzheimer's disease. Early detection can provide individuals with more treatment options and offer valuable time to plan for the future. Bob Finch, who was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's, shares his personal journey. He highlights how the disease has affected his memory and daily functions, but also how he's adapting to this new chapter of his life with positivity and awareness.

Experts discuss how memory problems can appear. In the context of Alzheimer's, it's essential to be vigilant, especially if there's a family history of the disease. We explain the simple cognitive tests for anyone with concerns about their memory, which can help identify issues early on. 

We also talk about how hard it can be to get doctors to listen when someone is worried about their memory or thinking problems. We share ideas on how to stand up for yourself and ask to see memory experts if needed. Since Alzheimer's can cause changes in mood and behavior, not just memory, we highlight how important it is to notice these signs and talk to doctors for help and tests. 

This episode really drives home how important it is to catch Alzheimer's early and what people can do if they're worried about the disease.

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[01:46] Living with early-stage Alzheimer's: Bob Finch's story

[03:46] Normal forgetfulness vs. Alzheimer's symptoms

[04:36] What tests can be done to measure cognitive function?

[06:24] Advocating for cognitive evaluation

[08:20] Recognizing the subtle signs of Alzheimer's

[12:21] The value of early detection and resources

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