This paper considers ethical issues related to early diagnosis and all forms of prevention of Alzheimer disease and related conditions. It offers a critical view of the current state of scientific, clinical, and social responses to the growing number of older people with cognitive challenges, and suggests how priorities going forward should be different from those receiving most attention today. We begin with a review of global policy efforts, consider the fundamental goals of prevention, examine issues surrounding early diagnosis, explore more deeply values associated with efforts to prevent age associated cognitive decline, and conclude by considering often unexplored ethical issues that contextualize the field and should influence our approaches to the future.
Alzheimer disease, dementia, diagnosis, ethics, prevention
Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Spitz Foundation; Shigeo and Megumi Takayama Foundation
Whitehouse, Peter J., "Ethical Issues in Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Alzheimer Disease" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 46.