How AGI can Help
10 Warning Signs
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The Importance of Early Diagnosis
After Diagnosis: Breaking the Myths
Types of Dementia
Common Terms


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.