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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, June 22, 2012

alzheimers quiz, he did it

a recent study showed that the 21 question alzheimers quiz has
a very good diagnostic accuracy
its one you can fill out for a family member or friend and hand
it to their doctor
remember many times early on people can be having problems
that in a few minutes of a doctors office will not be recognized

dont be afraid to be aggressive and do this for their doctors
i like others feel the earlier you know theres a problem
the better

it takes 3 minutes to complete and is easy to interpret
you can probably do it on yourself
it will pick up most cases of mild cognitive impairment and
almost all cases of alzheimers disease

now days if you find a positive alzheimers quiz
you can do a neuropsychological test and
do screening labs and
do a beta amyloid pet scan (first available commercial one
is amyvid)
if the labs are neg and the neuropsych test is positive and
the amyvid scan shows there are significant amyloid deposits
then you or the patient probably have alzheimers disease

one thing ive told people who ask is dont be passive about all
of this with family members or friends
dont be afraid to hurt their feelings
get them evaluated
treatment available like aricept (donepezil) can slow things down
the social side of this terrible disease can be attacked early
there is a window of time between early diagnosis and full blown
disease that can be a time to be enjoyed by the patient and their
like someone with terminal cancer who is on chemo to slow the disease
down so that they can have more time with their family

dont be shy about getting evaluations done

lebron and the heat did it
he finished with a flurry
a triple double
this may be one of several they win

right now there are only two players i would pay to
watch play
kevin durant and lebron james
yes he was the king in this series
they just need to crown him now

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I looked at the questions my mother in mind. An 18 was her score .. but she insists she's fine and when I tell the doctors that ABC happens, she dismisses it as having "ADHD" and the doctors tell me to leave her be ...

    she's fine .. she had full neuro psych testing done .. her IQ is a full 110 .. she's this she's that .. it's typical for a woman of her age in Oklahoma (the Okie lack of sophistication stereotype)

    She's from California not backwoods Oklahoma and didn't used to have a lack of social sophistication much less a lack of social SKILLS
    She's an award winning teacher who taught special education for over 20 years .. 10 of it in an INPATIENT hospital setting with middle school boys who were classified as emotionally disturbed ...

    Her IQ tested while working for her masters was 153 ...

    She didn't HAVE ADHD while I was growing up .. she developed this diagnosis after the age of 65 ...

    She used to know how to spell my name, after all she named me. Now she spells it the same as my aunt that I was named after ...

    sure, she's fine ... and I'm powerless because the doctor convinced her to transfer her 'care' to my sister who is clueless and thinks that all of this is proof of her moral failure as a person and just showing her true character ....

    Sure .. she's fine.

    1. sometimes its hard for family members and for patients to accept that they have a problem
      its called denial
      its something we faced in our family
      good luck with your mom