In the early stages of dementia, indications of developing problems may be spotted by relatives, not by physicians, according to an article in the May 21, 2012 Washington Post Health section.
Reprinted from the Consumer Reports Health site, the article points out that at the doctor’s office a patient may have good vital signs and be sharp enough during a short visit to mask many of the symptoms. However, family members who observe a loved one over time may discern more behavior changes.
To make a diagnosis a parent’s physician will combine family observations with various exams and also seek to eliminate other medical conditions referred to as “Alzheimer look-alikes.”
Check out Know the 10 Signs, an article over at the Alzheimer’s Association.