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