Mental Health

Does Your Loved One have Alzheimer's?

How to Get Diagnosed

How to Get Diagnosed

Alzheimer's disease is not easy to diagnose, and may take several appointments with a physician to reach a sure diagnosis. The patient must undergo a series of different tests and evaluations before a diagnosis can be reached.

First, the physician may administer a mental assessment. Psychiatrists use a simple test known as the Mini Mental State Examination. This test assesses the areas of difficulty that the patient may have. This test does not diagnose Alzheimer's. For this test, your loved one will undergo an examination that uses a series of questions and activities to help lean towards a diagnosis.