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Dementia Signs and Tests

Alzheimer's Disease can often be diagnosed through a history and physical exam by a skilled doctor or nurse. A health care provider will take a history, do a physical exam (including a neurological exam), and perform a mental status examination.

Tests may be ordered to help determine whether other medical problems could be causing dementia or making it worse. These conditions include:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Brain tumor
  • Stroke
  • Intoxication from medication
  • Chronic infection
  • Anemia
  • Severe depression

Computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain may be done to look for other causes of dementia, such as a brain tumor or stroke.

In the early stages of dementia, brain image scans may be normal. In later stages, an MRI may show a decrease in the size of different areas of the brain.

While the scans do not confirm the diagnosis of AD, they do exclude other causes of dementia (such as stroke and tumor).

Support Groups

Here at Alpha Senior Concepts we know how important proper education and support is when it comes to coping with a dementia diagnosis. For that reason we offer support groups to help guide you through life after an Alzheimer's disease or other dementia diagnosis.

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"...and in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
-Abraham Lincoln