Having memory loss or cognitive impairment does not necessarily mean that you have Alzheimer's disease (AD), which only accounts for 50-60% of all causes. In fact, most causes of cognitive impairment are treatable, including AD. Other treatable causes include depression, medication effects, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, thyroid problems and other hormonal abnormalities, vitamin deficiencies, uncontrolled medical conditions and head injury. Finding the right diagnosis to get the right treatment as early as possible is the key to the best treatment outcome.

Applying the standardized criteria to correctly diagnose AD gives a 90-95% accuracy. Below summarizes steps to get the right diagnosis.

  1. Find the Right Physician  

  2. Collecting Patient and Family History  

  3. Identify Treatable Medical Conditions  

  4. Brain Imaging Studies  

  5. Final Diagnosis