We made an appointment today to begin the process for Dad to see a doctor. He has declined mentally and physically for years, but as a very stubborn doctor himself, has never been seen or assessed.
Wondering what kind of testing would accurately determine whether one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, and how do you distinguish them apart in testing? Is there a superior method? Can any measure test how severe it is?
What questions should I be asking the doctor and what can I expect in terms of initial intake and recommendations? There is no health insurance and though he is 83, he has not used Medicare. All of this will be out of our pocket, but we need to do something yesterday - simple things like a handicap tag, a walker, and occasional help would help us tremendously. If he suddenly declines, I am terrified we have no plan. Can’t just pull up to a home and say here he is! And drop him off. Been in denial of how bad it’s been for awhile and we need help on how to get the most accurate diagnosis and what he needs, especially because there’s no coverage.