Benefits of early diagnosis
Canadians are still dismissing symptoms of dementia as "just old age" based on survey results released by the Alzheimer Society.
Close to 50 per cent of Canadians lived a year or more with their symptoms before seeing a family doctor. Of these, 16 per cent waited more than two years. A delayed diagnosis results in a huge treatment gap and prevents people from getting valuable information about medications, support and better disease management.
To promote the benefits of early diagnosis, during the Alzheimer Awareness the Alzheimer Society launched its Let's face it! campaign.
These are some of the people facing dementia today:
Mary McKinlay's story
Elizabeth Allen's story
Robert Allen's story
Jim Finkbeiner's story
Linda Finkbeiner's story
Sarah Condie's story
Last Updated: 09/11/12