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10 Warning Signs
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The Importance of Early Diagnosis
After Diagnosis: Breaking the Myths
Types of Dementia
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The Importance of Early Diagnosis

 
Although the onset of Alzheimer’s or another dementia cannot yet be stopped or reversed, an early diagnosis allows people with dementia and their families:
 
  • A better chance of benefiting from treatment to minimize the symptoms of the disease

  • An opportunity to plan for the future and participate in decisions about care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters

  • Benefit from care and support services to guide families throughout the disease

  • An opportunity to participate in clinical trials to help with research
 
 

What to expect at the Doctor’s Office:

 

The Diagnostic process


There is not “one” test that can confirm a dementia. A diagnosis is only made after a comprehensive medical evaluation to rule out other possible illnesses.

Some of the tests include:
 
  1. A Physical Examination

  2. Lab Tests (i.e. Blood, urine, thyroid, B-12)

  3. Neurological Examinations (i.e. MRIs, PET scans, CAT scans)
    * identifies brain disorders other than Alzheimer’s disease

  4. Psychiatric Evaluation: to rule out depression

  5. Psychological Testing (i.e. MoCA, MMSE):
    * Analyzes losses and strengths in cognitive functions such as memory, learning, and language.