Ep 4: How and When Can Alzheimer's Be Diagnosed?

Ep 4: How and When Can Alzheimer's Be Diagnosed?

Until recently, it was difficult for doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with the limited tests available. Thankfully, there are now many different options to help doctors make an accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, even in its earliest stages. 


In this episode of the "Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease" podcast, we learn about the tests that can help doctors tell whether someone is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. Sharon Cohen, who knows about Alzheimer's both as a doctor and through her own family, shares how important it is to catch the signs early. She explains the steps of figuring out if someone has Alzheimer's, starting with noticing small changes in memory or mood, to more detailed checks by doctors, and even special scans that look at brain health. She also talks about the different reasons someone might start forgetting things or acting differently, and why it's crucial to get these symptoms checked out. It's not always Alzheimer's; sometimes, other health issues could be the cause. 


Until just a few years ago, treatments could only help treat symptoms, not actually slow down the disease. Now, there's hope with advances that can change the course of the disease. Dr. Cohen stresses that knowing about Alzheimer's early gives people more choices, like planning ahead, deciding on treatments, or joining studies for new medicines. 


The episode wraps up by encouraging people with Alzheimer's and their families to learn more and get support from organizations and doctors. This way, they don't have to face Alzheimer's alone and can find the best way to deal with it.


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[01:49] Personal Insights from Dr. Sharon Cohen

[02:31] What are the four steps to an Alzheimer's evaluation?

[03:05] Step 1: Identifying early signs and symptoms

[06:10] Step 2: Getting initial assessments - cognitive tests and medical history

[08:19] Step 3: Referral to a neurologist and biomarker testing

[11:01] Step 4: Diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease

[12:33] Navigating diagnosis and treatment options


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