Once testing is complete, the doctor will review results and share conclusions.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease reflects a doctor’s best judgment about the cause of a person’s symptoms. You may want to ask the doctor to explain:
Why the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s
Where you or your loved one may be in the course of the disease
What to expect in the future
Find out if the doctor will manage care going forward and, if not, who will be the primary doctor. The diagnosing doctor can then schedule the next appointment or provide a referral.
If you have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you are not alone
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is life-changing for both diagnosed individuals and those close to them. While there is currently no cure, treatments are available that may help relieve some symptoms. Research has shown that taking full advantage of available treatment, care and support can make life better. Go to our I Have Alzheimer’s section and learn what to expect, how to get support and live your best life after a diagnosis.
We are here to help you live with Alzheimer’s disease.
Our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 provides information, referrals and care consultation.
Join our online community and share your experiences with others who know what you are going through.
See Living with Alzheimer's for tips to cope with the changes you may be experiencing
Go to our free online tool, Alzheimer's Navigator, to receive a customized action plan and step-by-step guidance on topics including driving and home safety.
Your local Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services tailored to your needs.
Planning for the future plays an important part in making life better for those living with Alzheimer’s. Advance planning enables individuals with Alzheimer’s to make their wishes about medical care and living arrangements known. Knowing what to expect can help foster ease of mind for all concerned.
The Alzheimer's Association has many resources to assist you in planning for the future.