Early detection of dementia can decrease patients’ risk of falling

Lisa Wurth

June 15, 2011

People who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are more than twice as likely to fall than older individuals who are not suffering from dementia. The American Physical Therapy Association suggests that early detection of fall risk in older people who have mild dementia symptoms can prevent injuries.

Early detection of Alzheimer's may be the key to preventing older people from experiencing falls that could cause injury. Advanced warning that a person has the disease can give him or her time to prepare the home. Senior alert systems can be a good investment in case an Alzheimer's patient falls when he or she is alone. Personal emergency response can help an older person contact someone for assistance.

PredictAD, a research project that is being conducted by European scientists to uncover new methods for identifying Alzheimer's disease, has found that magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) screenings can help doctors identify early warning signs in the brain. The researchers have developed further tools to increase the capacity of MRI screenings to spot atrophy in the mediotemporal lobe of the brain, which is a common sign of the disease.

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