Seeing the potential – can our senses help us to detect dementia?
Gradual loss of hearing, sight or smell is a normal part of ageing. But can a decline in our senses be telling us more about our risk of Alzheimer’s disease than we currently realise? Brooke Lumicisi, Research Communications Volunteer, explains how we may be able to use these problems with our senses to help diagnose the disease.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is key. Diagnosing the condition early allows us to better manage and slow down the progression of symptoms with dementia support and medication. Several studies have shown that Alzheimer’s disease begins to develop 10 or even 20 years before the onset of obvious symptoms. If we’re able to find ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s before these symptoms show, we could help delay the onset of the disease for longer. Alzheimer’s Society