How to Avoid Receiving an Incorrect Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is very grave and is traumatic not only for the sufferer, but also for the families of the patient. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed. Apparently, 20% of those diagnosed do not really have Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one may not require Alzheimer’s care or a specialized dementia care home if they are displaying normal symptoms associated with aging.

The Most Common Reasons for An Incorrect Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Are:

Side Effects of Medication

As we get older, we are given various medications (prescription or non-prescription) to maintain our health. All of these medications come with some sort of risk factors. Prior to visiting a doctor to receive a dementia or Alzheimer’s screening, it’s important to be aware of the side effects of your medications. 

Antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills, corticosteroids, cardiovascular drugs, and anticonvulsants may expose you to symptoms that are similar or identical to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. We recommend asking your pharmacist or medical specialist about your current medication regimen to help prevent the possibility of an  incorrect Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 

Displaying Symptoms of a Similar Disease

There are many diseases that are related or connected to Alzheimer’s disease. Oftentimes, a patient is given an incorrect Alzheimer’s diagnosis that suffers instead from Lewey bodies or Parkinson’s disease.

Medical Deficiencies & Issues

If you’re unsure if a family member is displaying signs of Alzheimer’s disease, we recommend researching their medical history to confirm other deficiencies or issues that  may possibly be responsible for the signs they are displaying. Some of these include vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, tumors or insomnia. It’s vital to inform the doctor of all past medical issues to avoid an inaccurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 

If you still aren’t receiving the answers that you need, patients can request a PET Alzheimer’s scan and test to confirm the presence of dementia in the brain. Do you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Terra Vista is an Alzheimer’s care community and facility that specializes at caring for residents with various types of dementia. Schedule a tour of our community to learn more about our memory care assisted living programs.

Comments are closed.