Dementia Screening – Primary Care Involvement

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Many seniors refuse their primary care providers recommendation to be screened for early-onset dementia, however, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found there was no harm from screening measured by symptoms of depression or anxiety.

This is great news but what is troubling is the high rate of refusal to get follow up diagnostic assessments, treatment, and advanced care planning. When you think about it, it really is a shame that the fear of dementia is preventing people from getting the care that may improve their quality of life. If you know someone who may benefit from a screening, encourage them to talk to their provider, it may lead to a higher quality of life!