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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
Is the cognitive testing always worth
I have posted here before, I continue to have a steady decline in some capacities. For example lately it has gotten hard to conceptualize things I read or people tell me. But there is much more.
So my question is aside from financial benefits like having an insurance and official recognition of an illness are there other uses to neuropsychological evaluations. I have certainly not made a lot of money lately and would not benefit from any insurance with an official diagnosis, even one indicating a strong possibility of dementia.
Are there other advantages of getting an extensive psychoevaluation I'm not seeing. Also I imagine some people would want to have two evaluations to show the decline.
Thank you if someone answers to this.
Hello Maxie. The neurocognitive tests are one factor in the diagnostic process. It would help you to learn more about what is happening and be prepared for inevitable changes. Don't rely on medical personnel to be proactive for you. You have to become an advocate. The members of the Spouse/Partner board are very knowledgeable and supportive. Also, be aware of anosognosia. It's common in the majority of PWDs.
Looking4relief, I believe a very important task is to develop a philosophy about having dementia. Having dementia is a most difficult and lonely journey. I came up with the concept of being a Dementia Pioneer for myself to keep me motivated and moving forward.
It helped me to set up systems to limit needing to remember so much. For example, every night I write down what I plan to do for tomorrow. I also make a weekly to-do list. I make use of my calendar for monthly reminders, such as birthdays or appointments. I have many bills on automatic payment. I removed distractions, such as watching television news programs. All these tactics and more, are helping me function better, because I have great difficulty with my executive functions and memory.
Hi, I had a full mental health assessment performed by a neuropsychologist. When the diagnosis came back as mild neurocognitive impairment, I filed for disability as I knew I would not be able to work. I had already been having trouble well before the diagnosis came as far as keeping a job because of my impairment.
I am now receiving Disability, thank goodness. I do not have any other source of income. I had not had health insurance for about a year prior to my diagnosis. Now that I am on Disability, I was able to get an ACA health insurance policy and I pay a very very small premium.
So the benefits to me in having a full mental health assessment is that I now have income and insurance.
So depending on your situation, I would say that would play a part if you need to apply for Disability or not.
Also, a diagnosis is necessary to be placed in Memory Care or Skilled Nursing facility.
Please continue to reach out through this message board for help and ideas.