Alzheimer's disease (AD) is diagnosed after other conditions that can cause dementia are excluded. Your doctor will try to find out treatable causes of your symptoms before attributing decline in your mental abilities (dementia) to AD.
Tests for early detection of AD: Currently there are no tests that can be done to screen for Alzheimer's disease or detect AD in early stages. However, this does not mean that symptoms of mental decline (dementia) in early stages should be ignored. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about symptoms of memory loss or other symptoms of dementia in yourself or your family member. AD cannot be cured but many other diseases that can cause symptoms of memory loss and mental decline are treatable.
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