Early, accurate diagnosis is beneficial for several reasons. Beginning treatment early in the disease process may help preserve daily functioning for some time, even though the underlying Alzheimer’s process cannot be stopped or reversed.
Having an early diagnosis helps people with Alzheimer's and their families:
- plan for the future
- take care of financial and legal matters
- address potential safety issues
- learn about living arrangements
- develop support networks
In addition, an early diagnosis gives people greater opportunities to participate in clinical trials that are testing possible new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease or other research studies.