Reasons to Seek a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
For some, the potential to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is a terrifying prospect. Especially with no treatment to prevent, cure or slow down its progression, as noted by Carol Steinberg, president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, in an article for the Huffington Post explaining the important of diagnosis.
Why seek diagnosis?
A diagnosis is critical in continuing efforts to find a cure or treatment that can potentially reverse its effects, or even prevent it. But seeking medical attention is also important because it could be that a patient’s symptoms are actually caused by a condition other than Alzheimer’s disease. For instance, personality changes and memory loss could be linked to depression or thyroid problems, Steinberg points out.
She also notes that those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s could have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials or try medications that may help improve their quality of life. Even making lifestyle changes—such as increasing physical or mental activities—could help combat some of the challenges with this disease.
Finally, the article points out that knowing ahead of time what a family is dealing with can make preparing easier. Families can begin to make arrangements, deciding what to do for care if the person’s condition advances. For instance, looking into nursing homes or other facilities. They can also begin to educate themselves on the disease, knowing what to expect as far as progression.
Alzheimer’s Disease May Qualify for SSDI
Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease even qualifies as a compassionate allowance, which allows speedier claims decisions for obviously disabled patients.
Those who need assistance with applying for federal benefits for themselves or a loved one can seek a representative’s help, and if a claim was wrongly denied, it’s important to seek legal advice. Contact Disability Help Group to learn more.