Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
Diagnosis of Dementia
Finding out if someone has dementia is not always easy. There are many health issues that can cause changes in memory, so one should not assume dementia is the problem when someone is forgetful.
When someone begins to show changes in memory, it is important that they see their primary care provider. Ruling out other possible causes, like depression, will need to be checked.
Your primary care provider may recommend that a specialist, like a neurologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist, be seen. Once a diagnosis of dementia has been made, a treatment plan can be built based on the type and stage of dementia.
Receiving a diagnosis of dementia is difficult. It is important to ask your healthcare provider about the future, so that you can make a plan for how to best move forward.