6 comments on “Dementia vs Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference?

  1. Tracy Rose on Mar 7, 2013 4:51 am |

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  2. Ina Gilmore on Mar 10, 2013 11:20 am |

    Hi Tracy,
    Thanks so much! I’m honored that Caregiving With Purpose was voted #14. Raising awareness about caregiving and caregivers’ struggles is an important part of its mission.
    Looking forward to next year.
    To more than surviving – thriving in caregiving,
    Dr. Ina

  3. My mother has an appointment with a neurologist next month. We think she has Alzheimer’s. Do you have any ideas about what the appointment might be like? She has no idea of how long it will take, or if there are any tests she will have to do.

  4. Ina Gilmore on Mar 26, 2013 2:23 pm |

    Sure, I know generally what a neurology appointment for possible Alzheimer’s is like. However, the best place to get answers is the neurologist’s office.

    The neurologist’s office staff should be able to tell you about how long the initial appointments usually last, whether there is usually a wait in the waiting room and what that time usually runs, and what tests are likely. They should be able to tell you what exactly the doctor is likely to do during the exam. It may be the same for all patients, or the doctor may decide during the exam what to do individually. The exam and tests may be guided by what testing has already been done. Also your mother’s insurance plan may require approval before some tests are ordered, or your mother’s primary care doctor may need to order them.

    If you explain to the staff your concerns and reasons, such as your mother is anxious or worried, they will probably understand and be helpful. If they are unwilling to answer your questions, I suggest you contact the doctor’s office who referred your mother to the neurologist. They may also be able to answer many of your questions.

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