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Which specialists can diagnose dementia?

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Your primary care doctor might work with you to figure out what’s behind your symptoms, or she might refer you to one or more of these doctors for certain tests:

  • A neurologist, who specializes in the brain and nervous system
  • A psychiatrist or another mental health specialist
  • A psychologist or neuropsychologist, who specializes in memory and mental functions
  • A geriatrician, who specializes in the care of older adults

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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