Alzheimer’s Disease: The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Appropriate Management
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes severe cognitive decline, functional disability, and eventually death. Although there is no cure for this illness, early diagnosis and treatment can reduce or delay cognitive and functional decline, allow patients to avoid medications that worsen cognition, and give patients a greater opportunity to actively participate in their treatment and plan for the future. In this Webcast, experts discuss the presentation and course of Alzheimer’s disease, an evidence-based screening tool that can aid in identifying early signs of cognitive impairment in at-risk patients, and imaging and other biomarker measurement tools that can be used to differentiate between diagnoses or to measure disease progress.
J Clin Psychiatry 2013;74(3):e06