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How does the disease get diagnosed?

Sunday, February 7, 2010 Leave a Comment

The first step in following up on symptoms is finding a doctor you feel comfortable with. Alzheimer’s Association clients report they are most likely to be satisfied seeing someone who is well informed about Alzheimer’s disease. Your local Alzheimer’s Association can help you find the right doctor. 

There is no single type of doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease. Many people contact their regular primary care physician or internist about their concerns. Primary care doctors often oversee the diagnostic process and provide treatment themselves.

In some cases, the primary care doctor may refer a patient to one of the following specialists:
  • A neurologist, who specializes in diseases of the brain and nervous system
  • A psychiatrist, who specializes in disorders that affect mood or the way the mind works
  • A psychologist with advanced training in testing memory, concentration, problem solving, language and other mental functions (more info)
Source: Alzheimer's Association