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Formal Diagnosis


How to get a formal diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Disease must be diagnosed by a specialist, and there is no one singular test to determine if an individual is living with the chronic disease. To diagnose Alzheimer’s, physicians may use medical history, mental status tests, physical and neurological exams, diagnostic tests, and brain imaging.*


*How is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed? Alzheimer’s Association (2023)

What does a diagnosis mean for me?

Having a formal Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis does not mean a total loss of power or choice. Obtaining a diagnosis is the first step to planning for a future by making sure your wishes are followed as you move forward, and that it’s possible for others to make decisions once you are no longer able to.

More information can be found at:

A nationwide nonprofit organization focusing on Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research.

A statewide network of organizations delivering a wide range of services and resources to older adults and their caregivers.

A nonprofit serving family caregivers of adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions, degenerative diseases, or traumatic brain injury.