Unfortunately, too many people with NPH are not being diagnosed or are misdiagnosed with diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s. A delayed diagnosis can be devastating and cause irreversible brain damage.
NPH affects more than 1 in 200 adults over the age of 55 – most of them are undiagnosed. This means thousands of people, who have much to live for, may be unnecessarily losing their independence, time with loved ones and admitted to long term care facilities prematurely. If you suspect someone you know may have NPH, be sure to ask about it specifically and insist the proper diagnostic testing be done.