Waiting too long for a dementia diagnosis?

The dementia themed posts this month are in honour of Alzheimer’s awareness month. If you’re interested, past posts include: defining dementia, dementia gene, G8 dementia summit, and Azheimer’s vs. Parkinson’s disease.

About 747,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and this number is expected to climb to 1.4 million in less than 20 years.

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Recently, the Alzheimer’s Society Canada (ASC) is warning that 50% of Canadians with dementia are not diagnosed early enough… losing valuable time when early interventions may help manage day to day living and enable better planning for the future.

During Alzheimer’s awareness month, ASC is advising the public and healthcare professionals to spot early warning signs of dementia in family members and patients. There is often stigma associated with dementia, and people may be hesitant to share warning signs they see in themselves, such as loss of judgment or forgetfulness, to their doctors or family members.

… More info on ASC’s early diagnosis HERE. much love.

Other references:

Alzheimer’s Society Canada

Global News (Carmen Chai, Jan 7/14)

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