Alzheimers Disease diagnostic criteria

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While the requirements for diagnosing Alzheimers disease have been upgraded and now attempt to concentrate on identifying phases of senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (SDAT) in fact that is really subjective. For example if they have mild memory loss that is early, even more amnesia that is affecting their life more that is moderate and when advanced, after a long 10 year course of decline then they call it severe. Virtually talking,  that is very little aid.

Alzheimers Disease Diagnostic Criteria

Another mainly unstudied issue is the truth that plaques and tangles which are thought to be so important in at least early beginning Alzheimer’s Disease before 60 yrs old are confused when you include the reality that before the 1980’s and the introduction of CT of the head was started it was not used to include what in fact is a a lot more likely cause of cognitive loss which is small strokes. These can be called TIA, micro-vascular finding, or UBO’s on MRI. What we do understand is that it is way to very early to say what Alzheimer’s is and is not and how to separate out and quantify just how much of each part of aging that is influencing each of these Alzheimer’s cases.

New Alzheimer’s diagnostic criteria.

We applaud this study effort and keep in mind a strategy to establish a tracer so we can in fact follow the plaques and tangles to lastly attempt to associate amount and sort of plaques and tangles which is the first step to in fact find Alzheimer’s and then establish treatments. Without that are reacting to drugs and since plaques and tangles are so typical in normal brains the rest is much less scientifically and reproducible.


Missing diagnostic elements for Alzheimer’s disease

The diagnostic requirements are subjective and are complicated by constantly consisting of that “the signs and signs can not be due to any other issue.” In fact, older people have many concerns like poor balance, some quantity of dysphoria from numerous sorts of loss numerous verging on mild depression.

Alzheimer’s disease and SDAT Resources

Alzheimer’s research to define dementia is needed.  However, brain diseases are hard to study and mild alzheimers will be hard to distinguish from personality disorder and just mild mood disorders.  Unfortunately defining the stages of any process has wide variation and alzheimers disease stages are no different. Early senility, early-stage, early onset Alzheimer’s Disease or moderate alzheimers are issues. In severe stage alzheimers one of the biggest issues in treatment are the related delusions, paranoia that come with it.


Foundations like and the Alzheimer’s association and all alzheimers research has value.  But right now and most likely forever, the best, most cost effective, treatment is finding the best care givers and care team you can.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Family Style Alzheimer’s care.




Dr Shawn McGivney




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