From the Alzheimer’s association
The statistics regarding people who are never diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are staggering. Although diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is reliable and valid, as many as half of individuals meeting specific diagnostic criteria for dementia never receive a diagnosis — and some evidence suggests it could be as high as 80 percent. A formal and documented diagnosis opens access to valuable support and services.
Recently, the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 738/H.R.1386) was reintroduced in the 112th Congress. Passage of this bipartisan legislation would improve care and outcomes for people with Alzheimer’s disease by improving diagnosis, care planning, and medical record documentation.
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