Alzheimer’s and dementia can be diagnosed earlier with quick test

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
August 4, 2023

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect many senior citizens in the Houston area. While treatment is available, a delayed diagnosis can result in delayed treatment.
A recent study has shown that Alzheimer’s disease could be the third leading cause of death in the United States, but it is greatly undercounted among senior citizens. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but some neurologists argue doctors could do more to screen for the disease. A test called the Mini-Cog takes only a minute and can quickly spot a patient who may be suffering from a form of dementia. The test has the patient memorize three words, then draw a clock face and place the hands at ten past eleven, then repeat the three words again. Patients whose score is low are referred for further evaluation.
Families who are struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia in a loved one know how devastating a toll these conditions can take on a family. Helping a loved one navigate the health care system and making sure their quality of life is as good as it can be is very important.
Families who have been affected by Alzheimer’s know how important it is to detect the disease early. If a family feels that their loved one’s care may have been delayed due to a negligent medical professional, consulting with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be helpful. An attorney can help determine if negligence has occurred and can help families recover compensation for their situation.
Source: Star Tribune, “Quick test could spot Alzheimer’s, dementia earlier,” Dan Browning, March 16, 2014

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

August 4 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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