Alzheimer’s Disease

Medically reviewed by Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis

There is no one test used to diagnose Alzheimer’s17. A healthcare provider will likely begin by evaluating a patient’s signs and symptoms and conducting testing. Getting an accurate diagnosis is a crucial first step in setting up the correct treatment, care, and future plans for you or your loved one.

A healthcare provider may work with a specialist, such as a neurologist or geriatrician, to review a patient’s symptoms and medical history. Key symptoms that will be evaluated include memory, cognitive (thinking) skills, and behavioral changes. The possible cause of the patient’s symptoms will also be evaluated and identified.

Lab tests can be conducted to rule out other disorders that are associated with Alzheimer’s, such as vitamin B-12 deficiency or thyroid disorders. A patient’s mental status will also be evaluated using cognitive skills tests. Family and friends may also be interviewed to discuss their behavior and any changes they may have observed.

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