An autopsy is an examination of a person’s body after death. A brain autopsy may provide information researchers can use to better understand the disease. It is important to make arrangements for an autopsy in advance in order to prepare the necessary documentation.
Some programs are grant funded and require advance enrollment. The best way to ensure that autopsy will occur is to enroll in a research study while the person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is still alive (see Research & Clinical Trials section). Most research centers will pay for the autopsy in order to advance the science. The decision to have an autopsy performed is a personal agreement among family members and should be arranged prior to death.