How to Diagnose Dementia in the Elderly?

Q:
How to diagnose dementia in the elderly?

A:
Dementia is a general term for a variety of symptoms such as the loss in thinking, memory and communication ability.

Memory loss is an example. However, we can’t conclude the diagnosis at once because many other problems can lead to member problems.

So how to diagnose the condition?

In fact, there is no one test to diagnose the condition. But doctors usually start from the following aspects:

  • a careful medical history
  • a physical examination
  • laboratory tests
  • the characteristic changes in thinking, day-to-day function and behavior

Doctors can determine that a person has dementia with a high level of certainty. But it’s harder to identify the exact type because the symptoms of different dementias can be similar.

 

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