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Why Assess For Dementia?

Why it is important to make diagnosis early?

Primary reasons:

  • Diagnosis
    • to find the cause of cognitive symptoms
    • to look for reversible causes
    • to convey information to person with cognitive symptoms (patient, client) and the person's family.
       
  • Planning
    • legal
    • financial
    • life decisions
    • work safety
    • driving safety
       
  • Treatment
    • to ensure compliance with usual medications
    • to consider ant-dementia medications
       
  • Prognosis
    • to be able to advise the person with cognitive symptoms and the     person's family about likely future developments.
       
  • Help the care team(s), i.e. acute, primary, community, residential, etc., develop the best Health Plan.
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