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What questions will your doctor ask to help them diagnose dementia?

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Your primary care doctor probably will start with a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and other things like:

She’ll ask someone close to you, like a friend or family member, those same questions, too, because people with dementia aren’t always aware of their condition.

  • Does dementia run in your family?
  • When did the symptoms start?
  • Have you noticed changes in behavior or personality?
  • Are you taking any medications?

From: How Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

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