The Dementia Diagnosis Journey


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July 31, 2018

On July 31, 2018 at 1pm EDT, join Michael Ellenbogen and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about the dementia diagnosis journey. Michael lived with a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years before he received new test results indicating his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s was in question. He’ll share about his experience and lessons learned along the way that may help other individuals on a quest for an accurate diagnosis.

  • Hear more about Michael’s own diagnosis journey
  • Understand the benefits of early diagnosis and the risks of mis-diagnosis
  • Learn how you can help advocate for better diagnosis processes and dementia research
We will take live questions during the chat, or feel free to send them in ahead of time to livechat@homeinstead.com.

About the expert: Michael Ellenbogen

Michael Ellenbogen is a world-renowned advocate for individuals with dementia and speaks openly about his own 20+ year dementia diagnosis journey. Prior to his diagnosis, Michael was a network operations manager for a Fortune 500 financial institution. At the age of 39, he was told that his cognitive issues were due to stress. At the age of 49, he was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's disease. Michael became involved in numerous local, national and international organizations, lending his voice and experience to help advance Alzheimer’s research and advocate for support. He was featured in the Alzheimer's Disease International's 2012 World Alzheimer's Report and has represented people living with dementia at the World Health Organization. He also wrote a book about his journey titled “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s.”  At the age of 59, Michael received a new diagnostic test that delivered shocking results: he did not, in fact, have Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, neurologists have placed his form of dementia into a fairly new category called suspected non-Alzheimer’s pathophysiology (SNAP). He continues to share his story and has become a champion for improving diagnosis processes.
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