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Early Detection

Even though there are currently no treatments that change the underlying course of Alzheimer's disease, early detection – a core function of public health – is important.

Early detection:

As many as half of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias have not been diagnosed.

  • improves access to medical and support services

  • provides an opportunity to make legal, financial and care plans while the affected individual is still capable

  • may reduce health care costs by delaying placement in a nursing home

Two domains within the Public Health Road Map encourage public health officials to undertake efforts to educate the public and medical community about the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and the benefits of early detection.

Three Things the Public Health Community Can Do Now on Early Detection

  • On your agency’s web site, post information about, and links to, the Know the 10 Signs campaign (available in six languages) and the Medicare Annual Wellness Benefit.

  • Send information to health care providers on how to assess cognition and the best tools to detect possible cognitive impairment.

  • Partner with (1) at least one group (aging, voluntary health associations, foundations) to distribute information about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s to the general public; and (2) at least one group (physician groups, medical societies, health provider associations) to distribute the information to providers.

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Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch®


Clinical trials help researchers test new ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's Association's TrialMatch® is a free service that matches people to clinical studies based on their diagnosis, preferences and location.
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For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Molly French.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.