Noticing your loved one experiencing odd behaviors or cognitive impairment, like judgment or memory loss, you might wonder if they might possibly have Alzheimer’s or dementia. This is a scary thought, to think about, but it is helpful to face these fears and have your loved one get a thorough doctor’s exam and proper diagnosis. If their dementia-like symptoms are treatable, seniors can receive the proper treatment and regain their lives faster.
Once properly diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is important to have adequate time to evaluate and receive the proper treatment. Not only is an early diagnosis helpful to your loved one, but it can also be helpful for the family in order to plan for the care that might be needed in the future.
Here are the top 3 benefits of receiving an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia:
- Maximizing benefits from available treatments
By receiving an early diagnosis of either Alzheimer’s or dementia, your loved one can begin treatment right away. Whether the treatment be lifestyle changes or medication management, the early detection can delay the onset of more severe symptoms.
- Have time to plan for the future
A specific diagnosis allows your loved one to make more decisions for themselves for their future. While still having a good cognitive function, they can make key decisions around financial choices and care needs. New Haven offers monthly support groups and events for seniors that might be looking to make the move into assisted living or memory care.
- Get support and resources
If you do not know what might be causing the concerning behaviors of your loved one, it can be helpful to use your supporting resources. New Haven provides a monthly Alzheimer’s Support group, check out our website www.newhavenassistedliving.com for dates and times. Our support groups are designed to provide support, resources, and a time for family members to share concerns regarding their loved ones. New Haven understands resources are hard to find and want to provide an open door, as your family is our family.