Diagnosing Memory Loss Early leads to a Higher Quality of Life

Nurse, aging, memory loss

Our staff nurse, Sally Pearson, recently participate in an innovative conference on healthy aging put on by a leading hospital group.  Physicians commented that 1 in 9 people age 65 and older have dementia, but only 50% of them have been diagnosed.  These numbers are expected to double or even triple by 2050.

It is important to start cognitive screening early if there is a concern. If you are 75 & above, you should be screened.

An early and accurate diagnosis of dementia can:

  • Improve overall quality of care
  • Increase access to community services for the patient and caregivers
  • Earlier education
  • Result in less stress & depression
  • Reduce unfavorable dementia-related behaviors
  • Begin advance care planning early