Getting a Diagnosis

Who can provide the diagnosis?

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Neurologist
  • Geriatrician
  • Geripsychiatrist
  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nurse practitioner specializing in dementia care
  • Memory-specific clinics

An accurate diagnosis is complicated and includes gathering lots of information, including:

  • Medical tests including lab work to rule out other causes of dementia symptoms
  • History of cognitive changes
  • Health history (yours and your family’s) 
  • Medication review
  • Physical exam (especially focusing on neurological and cardiovascular systems)
  • Imaging study of the brain (MRI, CT, PET)
  • Other tests (ECG, EEG etc. as indicated)
  • Cognitive assessment (what’s working well and what’s not working well)
  • Psychological/Emotional assessment