Getting a Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by dementia and the loss of intellectual capacity severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Memory loss and changes in mood and behavior are some signs that you or a family member may have Alzheimer’s disease. However, these same symptoms can also be the signs that you have one of many other conditions, some of which are treatable and/or reversible.

Getting an early diagnosis is very important.

If the person does have Alzheimer’s, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better chance they have of:

  • Benefiting from treatment. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease. While there are no known cures, there are treatments that have been shown to slow down the symptoms of the disease.
  • Maximizing the quality of their life by resolving the anxiety of wondering “What is wrong with me?”
  • Planning for the future, including decisions regarding care, living arrangements, and financial and legal issues.
  • If the person does NOT have Alzheimer’s they may find that they have a:
  • Treatable condition such as depression, drug interaction, thyroid problems and certain vitamin deficiencies.
  • Condition such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Pick’s disease that will benefit from the proper care.