Fearing Alzheimer’s keeps some seniors away from treatments

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that ‘we have nothing to fear but fear itself’.

He might well have been talking about a new disturbing trend in Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

A new research paper out of the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health reveals that failing memory or the possibility of familial genetic issues, as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease, is creating deep fear among people.

This shouldn’t be surprising on the surface of it, but this stress over the issue is keeping many from being tested for Alzheimer’s or dementia. This keeps these people out of the system and away from treatments that could help with memory issues and keep them away from researchers anxious to learn more around the issue of early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Researchers discovered that those who were most fearful were likely to have a family member or spouse with the disease or a relative with another disease.

So it seems that Alzheimer’s researchers have been handed a new aspect of the disease for future exploration: the fear of Alzheimer’s and how to mitigate it.

Dealing with clients whose loved ones have a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis, I know that the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to adjust estate plans to suit a changed circumstances.