Did you know that up to 50% of Canadians with dementia are waiting too long to get a diagnosis?
For many people, fear and stigma become huge barriers to seeking help. In fact, a recent Nanos survey found that 60% of the Canadians polled said it would be harder to disclose if they, or someone close to them, had Alzheimer’s disease compared to other diseases.
But if you have been experiencing the symptoms, talking to your doctor could keep your life from unravelling. Getting a timely diagnosis can mean:
- Access to information, resources and support through the Alzheimer Society that can help people with dementia to focus on their abilities and stay independent in their homes and communities for longer
- Access to medications that, while not effective for everyone, have the greatest impact when they are taken early
- An opportunity to plan ahead and to explain the changes happening in their life to family and friends.
74% of Canadians know someone with dementia and as our population ages more and more Canadians will continue to develop the disease. While the news can be devastating, early diagnosis brings relief to families, gives control over the situation and adds more years of living active and fulfilling lives.
Visit www.earlydiagnosis.ca today for more information, including printable checklists and tip sheets on:
- detecting the signs of dementia
- understanding the benefits of a diagnosis and
- preparing for a doctor’s visit.