Alzheimer’s Disease

This week’s Medical Edge Weekend program featured Mayo Clinic Dr. Ronald Petersen talking about Alzheimer’s disease and the latest in diagnosis and treatment .

Medical Edge Weekend 8-22-09

2 Comments

  1. Geoff F
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Petersen,

    My father has never been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, but I am growing increasingly concerned with his memory. For example, he’s lived in Rochester for over 40 years, but we were recently driving in what I would have thought to be a familiar part of town when he told me that he didn’t know where we were.

    Should I be concerned? Should I speak with his physician about it?

    Thank you, Geoff

  2. Deb K.
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Question re the advisability of neuropsychological testing *after* other tests have triggered diagnosis of AD in 51 y.o. woman. If a 51 year-old woman has been diagnosed w/early AD by her PCP, a neurologist – including blook work to rule other other issues and an MRI, which appeared to show AD – is there any advantage to going through the battery of neuropsychological testing. This is my father’s partner, and he is concerned about causing her any more upset that she has already had to endure (not the least of which is feeling her memory slip away). Any advice you can give on the pros and cons? [Note: the order of the testing was done based on work expereinces, the thought that symptoms might be stress and/or menopause, and the insurance company’s insistance on not doing some tests until others are done.] Thank you!


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