Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed through a complete medical assessment. There is no single test that can show whether a person has Alzheimer’s or not. Most physicians can determine if a person has dementia, but it may be difficult to determine the exact cause. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s requires careful medical evaluation, which includes: A thorough medical history, mental status testing, physical and neurological exam and tests (blood tests and brain imaging) to check signs or symptoms like dementia, also to find the right physician is one of the steps of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment focuses on relieving and slowing down the progress of the symptoms, behavior changes, and complications. However, Alzheimer’s is more often treated by medications such as cholinesterase which is an enzyme that breaks down a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine acts as an important messaging system in the brain. A person with Alzheimer’s has a low level of brain acetylcholine so, cholinesterase inhibitors which stop the breakdown of this neurotransmitter and that increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain and improve its function. These drugs not only improve or stabilize cognitive functions, they may also have positive effects on behavior and activities of daily living; they are not a complete cure, but they do slow down the rate of decline in some patients with Alzheimer’s. Two of most worrisome trends in healthcare today are the soaring rates of “Type 2”