Doctors are not good at diagnosing Alzheimer's and neither are spouses or children.....
By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room
I would like to use the period from Mother's Day through Father's Day to try and spread the word about the symptoms of the early stages of Alzheimer's -- How to Spot Alzheimer's Early.
Most of the Alzheimer's caregivers I know can look back and identify symptoms and behaviors that they now know were early signs of dementia.
One of the things that caregivers learn is that the sooner that Alzheimer's is diagnosed the better the potential outcome. A failure to spot Alzheimer's early can be disastrous.
We have about ten people on this list that were fortunate and were put on the combination of Aricept and Namenda at the time of their diagnosis. All of these persons seem to be functioning quite well.
I am certain that there are exceptions to this experience. Nothing that is currently available as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease is perfect. Sometimes drugs like Aricept and Namenda don't work at all. This does not mean that they shouldn't be investigated and tried.