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July 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

New guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer’s

(CNN) – The criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1980’s. However, last week new guidelines were proposed that would lead to earlier diagnosis. Although this would mean better care for patients, it would also lead to a significant increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease. Dr. Maria Carrillo, senior director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer’s Association, joined us on Tuesday’s American Morning to discuss the proposed guidelines.

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  1. Mimi Steffen

    I am 100% in favor of these proposed guidelines.

    I was diagnosed with early stage alzheimer's four years ago. I believe, because I was aware of my own problems, i was diagnosed much earlier than most.

    Also through serendipity I became involved in what I now call my Best Practices:
    1. Take meds.
    2.Vigorous physical activity
    3. Vigorous mental activity
    4. Socialization
    5. Mediterranean Diet and I also take antitoxins and Omega 3.

    Two years ago, a neuropsych showed a ten percent improvement in my lowest scores. I'm now due for another two year follow up. I still feel I'm cognitively ahead of where I was at diagnosis.

    My goal, at age 82, throughm y work with the Alzheimer's Assoc. is to give all the opportunity I've been given.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm |