Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Many individuals who are in the early stages of Alzheimer's are often not told about their diagnosis, until the disease has progressed significantly. In fact, fewer than half of Medicare beneficiaries who have Alzheimer's were told by their physician, according to the Alzheimer's Association. This can be because of uncertainty about the diagnosis, the emotional distress it may cause, physicians' viewpoints, and sometimes, diagnostic tools. Research focuses on new tools to help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's, as well as diagnose it earlier.

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