Changes in memory become normal as people become older, but memory loss that interferes with daily life is not normal. It may, in fact, be a case of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. That's why getting a proper mild to moderate Alzheimer's diagnosis is the only way to know.
There is no single test that will diagnose mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. In order to diagnose mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, your loved one's doctor must rule out other possible causes of symptoms, such as forgetfulness. A complete evaluation helps determine whether mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease is the cause of a person's symptoms.
The healthcare professional may:
- Carry out a complete physical exam
- Take urine or blood samples, or both
- Carry out memory and psychological tests to see how well the brain is working
- Order a brain scan (like a computerized tomography scan)