Alzheimers Disease Health Center

How Do I Find Help?

Consult a doctor when you have concerns about memory loss, thinking skills and behavior changes in yourself or a loved one. It is important for a doctor to determine the cause of memory loss or other symptoms. Treatable conditions that may mimic Alzheimer's disease include depression, drug interaction, thyroid problems, excess alcohol use, symptoms associated with certain vitamins, and dehydration.

An early, accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease helps persons living with the disease and their families plan for the future by providing:

  • Time to discuss care while the person living with Alzheimer's disease can still participate in making decisions.
  • Lessened anxiety about unknown problems.
  • An opportunity to initiate treatment for the symptoms of the disease.
  • More time to plan for the future.
Review Date: 
April 3, 2012
Last Updated:
June 28, 2013