Dr. Tariot explains what a woman should do if she thinks she has Alzheimer's disease.
Well, there’s a funny way in which Alzheimer’s disease is a woman’s concern. Women are at slightly increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s for interesting scientific reasons, and women are more likely to be caregivers. So, you put those two things together, and really there is a true important gender factor here.
I think that the most important thing to do is not feel like this is a death sentence. Get a proper evaluation diagnosis, get on therapy, get a sense of what experimental treatment is out there and get a sense of how to put the right team together customized to meet your specific concerns, whether it’s "How long can I live alone in my house", or "What kind of help do I need," or "What about transportation, legal and financial planning, transitions in care." People can help you make really good decisions that promote your autonomy and protect your quality of life.
About Dr. Tariot:
Dr. Pierre Tariot is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. He has devoted his career to helping thousands of patients and families cope with dementia. He is also a world leader in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.
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