Aug 11, 2010

How Many Doctors are Ignorant about the Importance of Early Detection of Alzheimer's?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dr. Ernesto Porras-Polo works with Geriatric patients at Delray Medical Center. He agrees the new research finding that a spinal fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying predisposition to Alzheimer's is important. He is quick to point out that this is not a cure.

Delray Medical is about two miles from our home in Delray Beach.

Dr. Porras-Polo went on to say,
"If you're going to have the test done and you're not going to be able to do anything for that what's the point of having it done? That's just my opinion."

They say ignorance is bliss. But not in this case. Not in my opinion.

There are a long list of important things you can and could be doing if you knew you were likely to end up with Alzheimer's disease.

First and foremost, you could put your financial and legal house in order.

Carole Larkin pointed out the importance of these legal documents -- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Medical Power of Attorney (POA) and Advance Directive (AD) in her article --

Alzheimer's Disease: Do Not Resuscitate, Power of Attorney, Advance Directive.

This is one thing could accomplish while you are still deemed competent to sign and execute he documents.

Knowing early would allow you to mend fences with brothers, sisters, family and friends if you cared to do so. To do it before it is too late. While you still can do it.

You could discuss "rationally" what kind of medical treatments you do and do not want. What type of funeral. The list is endless.

Knowing early is not a death sentence. It is a life sentence. An opportunity to live your life in a way you might not if you didn't know that someday you were going into the dark world of dementia. Importantly, you get to choose before it is too late.

I would have loved the opportunity to tell my mother well in advance that I would be taking care of her. Able to tell her when she understood what I was saying. I would have welcomed the opportunity to convince her that I would not be putting her "away" or in a "home" when she was sick or suffering from Alzheimer's disease like she is right now. I know I am not alone in saying this.

The list goes on. Feel free to use the comments box below to register your feeling and opinions on this issue.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,690 articles with more than 70,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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