The Pulse: When Misdiagnosed, Alzheimer’s-Like Symptoms Can Be Treatable

More than 100 health conditions can produce symptoms mimicking Alzheimer’s disease and, when properly diagnosed, many of the conditions are treatable and the symptoms disappear. More than 100 medications can produce side effects with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, and depression is sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer’s. Researchers recently found that nearly 17% to 30% of dementia clients at 30 top centers were found to have been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in autopsy studies. Read more about misdiagnosing Alzheimer’s. Also, check out AOTA’s Alzheimer’s micro site for our resources.

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