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 the person living with Alzheimer's 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 no cure, two treatments — aducanumab (Aduhelm®) and lecanemab (Leqembi®) — demonstrate that removing beta-amyloid, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, from the brain reduces cognitive and functional decline in people living with early Alzheimer’s. (Aducanumab will be discontinued on Nov. 1, 2024. Please connect with your provider on treatment options.) Others may help relieve symptoms for a limited time. Research has shown that taking full advantage of available treatment, care and support can improve quality of life. 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 families and individuals living 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.
- Whether you’re living with memory loss or caring for someone who is, ALZNavigator™, an online interactive tool, will guide you to your next steps.
- Your local Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services tailored to your needs.
It is also important to begin making legal and financial plans. A timely diagnosis often allows the person living with dementia to participate in this planning. The person can also decide who will make medical and financial decisions on his or her behalf in later stages of the disease.
Learn more: Plan for Your Future