Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis 

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Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis 

Although Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease, its development is slow, so there is a risk that it may be confused with memory issues as we get older. Just to be clear, Alzheimer’s disease is not a “normal” aspect of ageing.

Future genetics has prepared this disease information module because there is a need for the public to be aware about Alzheimer’s disease and particularly its symptoms coupled with the importance of consulting your doctor for advice and a proper diagnosis.

Sometimes, somebody with Alzheimer’s disease may not realise that there are issues with their memory or recall. It is therefore important that if you as a family member a friend what is changes in a person’s memory please seek bought from a Healthcare professional such as a GP.

When the person goes to see the GP for a diagnosis, it’s useful if somebody who is a family member or friend also attend. Just because a person has issues with their memory it does not necessarily mean that they have Alzheimer’s disease.

This is because there are many different factors and conditions that also result in issues with memory. However, given the seriousness of Alzheimer’s disease go for a diagnosis, even if it is to potentially rule out the disease. Even if the diagnosis is positive then this can still help the person.

Diagnosis and in particular early diagnosis are imperative as it can allow for help and support to be given to a person that may have Alzheimer’s disease. If the diagnosis has been made at the earliest stages of the disease then currently available treatments can be reasonably effective in delaying the progression of the disease. It also allows and empowers the affected person make their own decisions for planning for the future.

There is no single definitive that a doctor can carry out diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. The doctor will ask questions that relate to both Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. If other conditions without and Alzheimer’s is suspected people would ordinarily refer the person to a specialist.

The specialist will look at three key things:

  1. Carry out a comprehensive review of your symptoms.
  2. Perform additional tests that will include scans of the brain.
  3. Discuss and agree a treatment and care plan.