Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed after other
conditions are ruled out. Your doctor will use a variety of tests to do this.
is helpful to have a family member or someone in close contact with the person
present at the appointment. A family member may be able to provide the best
information about how a person's day-to-day functioning, memory, and
personality have changed.
You're a health activist. What sparked your interest?
My mother suffered from Alzheimer's. And I was diagnosed with osteoporosis
in the early 1990s. It's a message to all women that ... it's not an infirmity
you have to endure. Something can be done.
Did caring for your mother inspire you to do your new film, Away From
As insightful as the movie is about Alzheimer's, it's about the love that a
man is capable of -- what a husband is able to do in terms of making sure that
The doctor will use a medical history and physical exam to help find out if a physical problem may be causing the person's
symptoms. Sometimes another problem can cause the same symptoms as Alzheimer's.
Lab tests may be done to rule out other possible causes of a person's
symptoms, such as levels of certain minerals or chemicals in the blood, liver disease, abnormal thyroid levels, or nutritional
problems, such as folate or vitamin B12 deficiencies. Treatment for these
conditions may slow or reverse mental decline.