10.16.2004

Early Alzheimer's Detection could save Billions
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Early detection is critical, and made possible through tools such as MemCheck. Only Punjab.com reports the following story:


A new report has found that delaying the onset of new dementia cases by as little as five months could save the community more than $1 billion.

Geoff Turner had memory problems and confusion for years, before being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

"The most embarrassing thing is, there is a word there and I can just think what it is?" Mr Turner said.

Geoff's wife, Maria, said: "For at least five six years beforehand I was saying to our GP 'Are you sure its not Alzheimer's?' and he said 'No, Geoff is too young, it's stress'."

Already 100,000 Australians are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and that number is predicted to double by the middle of the century.

A new report from Access Economics has found that if each new case of Alzheimer's could be delayed by five years, the community would save $67.5 billion in nursing and carrier costs between now and 2040 .

Scientists say that they are confident of developing treatments that will make earlier diagnosis possible.



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