Appoint a champion of nonpharmacological approaches to the National Advisory Panel on Alzheimer’s
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In the name of science and further research, there is a movement taking place to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease long before those being diagnosed show any cognitive or behavioral symptoms. Although these tests are presented as limited to research purposes, they are highly likely to be employed in everyday practice. For the millions who will receive this early diagnosis tomorrow and the millions living with a dementia diagnosis today, early diagnosis presents a major ethical dilemma: What to do with a diagnosis if no medications are available that stop the progress of the disease? The nonpharmacological paradigm and its associated interventions represent a clear solution to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and thus an ethical way to respond to the call for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
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