What can I expect during an evaluation?
When you go to be evaluated for dementia, you will undergo a series of tests. These tests often include a detailed medical history, a complete physical including laboratory and blood tests, and a neurological examination to test your memory, language and orientation. A brain scan such as an MRI or CT scan will also be done. It can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks for all of the test results to come in.
Why is an evaluation important?
Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common form of dementia, but there are many other types as well. An evaluation will help to determine what type of dementia you may have. In addition, it can also be the starting point for understanding the cause of your symptoms and determining what treatment is best for you.