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Also is it a good idea to be tested by a neurologist as well when diagnosed with Alzheimers?

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Yes, support groups help!!! Most nursing homes offer support groups, memory support for the person with dementia. It does not matter if the support group is for Alz or dementia. There are many threads on this site and all offer support. Just to name a few...The Care giver, How are YOU doing?, Grossed out need to vent, just caught my mom using my toothbrush for a comb, and The Care giver and Dysfunctional Families. Look under the Caregiver Forum, you will find many questions and discussions available.
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Does going to a support group help and if so is there one in town Las Vegas that is recommended? This ius for Alzheimers
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Thank you, i suspected it is the best thing but not to sure insurance is going to pay for it? will have to see but appreciate the confirmation and input.
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If you type stages of alzheimer's in the browser located in the upper right of this page, you will find the stages. You can also google the stages of Alzheimer's. Some lists give more info than others, so I use the 7 stages I found by googling it. A PCP can diagnose dementia with a memory test. A Neurologist will do the same thing plus may do additional testing rule out Lewy Body Dementia and other types of dementia, however to my knowledge, Alzheimer's cannot be officially diagnosed until an autopsy is done after death and usually you would have to request it. It is a good idea to have a diagnosis of dementia so you know what you are dealing with and a good geriatric doctor can do it as well. In my mother's case, having a diagnosis has helped us to understand what is going to happen so we can plan for her care. We have a springing DPOA which means my mother has be certified as incapacitated before we can actually take over her medical and financial needs. Until this happens, she can make all decisions even if what she decides is not logical or in her best interest. I suggest you start with your parent's PCP and have a memory test done. Then go from there as to whether you want to see a geriatric specialist or a neurologist. The PCP can help direct you. I hope this helps. Hugs to you!!
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