Investigations Into the Early Signs, Symptoms and Family Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease (BMJ Open / International Psychogeriatrics)


A literature review analyses the sequence / timing of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. The authors distinguish between the early signs of late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease (LOAD) and those of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD).

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Bature, F. Guinn, BA. [and] Pang, D. [et al] (2017). Signs and symptoms preceding the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic scoping review of literature from 1937 to 2016. BMJ Open. August 28th 2017; 7(8): e015746.

Experiences of Family Members

A different review conducts a qualitative analysis of family members’ experiences of the pre-diagnostic phase of dementia, which aims to help inform:

“ …the foundation for developing theoretical frameworks that will ultimately assist with improving recognition of dementia onset, clinical communication with family members, and interventions to reduce family burden”.

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Rogers, K. Coleman, H. [and] Brodtmann, A. [et al] (2017). Family members’ experience of the pre-diagnostic phase of dementia: a synthesis of qualitative evidence. International Psychogeriatrics. September 2017; 29(9): 1425-1437.

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