Signposts: What to Look for and When to Seek Help
If you are reading this book, you probably have some knowledge of dementia and its warning signs. However, much more awareness is needed, including in the medical community. Unfortunately, patients are very often not diagnosed with dementia or referred to dementia specialists until 2–3 years after the onset of their symptoms . Not only laypeople, but many medical professionals, continue to hold a mistaken and outmoded viewpoint that nothing can be done for dementia. This nihilism is unwarranted and can even be harmful in delaying or preventing appropriate intervention or resulting in inappropriate or deleterious treatment. Earlier detection of dementia often allays anxieties about unnamed and undiagnosed problems and allows a chance to capitalize on planning, treatment, and research opportunities.
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