Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that slowly destroys a person’s memory and impairs their speech, thinking, and behavior. Unfortunately, 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias worldwide. Alzheimer’s is irreversible, but it can be caught in the early stages when the best treatment options are available. Treating the disease in its early stages can slow the worsening dementia symptoms and improve quality of life.
Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Short-term memory loss
Inability to remember newly learned information
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Changes in mood and personality
Confusion with time or place
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Withdrawal from work or social activities
It is imperative that you see a medical professional if you or a loved one start exhibiting any of these symptoms.
A single test is not enough to determine whether an individual has Alzheimer’s. A proper diagnosis requires a medical evaluation that involves a complete medical history, physical exam, neurological exam, mental status testing, blood testing, and brain imaging exams. An MRI can be used to detect brain abnormalities and help predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may develop Alzheimer’s disease.
There currently is no cure for this awful disease, but there is currently a worldwide effort working to improve treatment and eventually find a cure. If you or a loved one is showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and are in need of an MRI, Clovis Open MRI can meet your imaging needs. You can schedule your appointment online today.