When I purchased a PinnacleCare membership for my mother, she was a vibrant 83-year-old woman — playing on her computer, doing crossword puzzles, traveling to her weekly bridge game, and taking road trips with her friends. And yet, she also had a long list of medications and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. She was being passed back and forth among specialists and undergoing multiple invasive procedures.

She can live a more confident life now that she is out from under the cloud of unnecessary medication and an unwarranted Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Upon meeting my mother, the PinnacleCare health advisors couldn’t fathom how this active and mentally quick woman could possibly have Alzheimer’s. They wanted her to get a second opinion on the diagnosis, and she immediately made an appointment. After reviewing her past MRIs and health history, the doctor felt my mother had been misdiagnosed. While my mother had Mildly Impaired Cognitive Ability, only 15% of patients with this condition progress to Alzheimer’s. And although her past MRIs showed she had had a minor stroke and damage from a previous car accident, the images did not confirm the original Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

My mother’s health advisors didn’t stop there. They arranged for a third opinion. The third doctor concurred that my mother did not have Alzheimer’s, adjusted her medications and told her that she could stop going to specialists.

Thanks to PinnacleCare, my mother can continue with her mind exercises and focus on winning her game of bridge! She can live a more confident life now that she is out from under the cloud of unnecessary medication and an unwarranted Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It’s a fortissimo “triple bravo” for Mom and the non-Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This is the best possible news and we are all so pleased!

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