Maybe we both should have a good check up with our family dr. and be tested for Alz. and Dem. He has had open heart surgery at the young age of 50, and a heart attack at 55. Maybe these severe and stressful medical problems have caused it, but his memory and maybe a little of his personality has changed over the past few years. He has noticed it as well as Ihave mentioned it to him. Our grown kids have even mentioned noticing a difference in him. I just figure since my mom has the demential, I may stand a chance also of getting it. What do we do? Can we just ask the dr. to test us? I think there is enough evidence to suspect his....and I feel like it wouldn't hurt to have myself checked. Now- what does the testing consist of? Cat Scan, MRI, a simple cognitive test- ?????? Neither of us are educated, so couldn't prove anything with a question like "Can you count backwards from 100 by 4's or anything. Any advice?