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What type of Alzheimer’s specialist should I see after my diagnosis?

Dede Bonner
Health Education

There is no one kind of doctor who specializes exclusively in treating Alzheimer’s. Ask your family doctor or your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for names.

The types of Alzheimer’s specialists include:

-Neurologists: Specialists in nervous system and brain disorders (do not confuse with neurosurgeons, who do not treat Alzheimer’s disease patients). Geriatric neurologists have special training in dealing with elderly patients.

-Psychiatrists: Specialists in mental illness.

-Psychologists. Specialists in mental illness who are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medications.

-Geriatricians: Specialists in treating illnesses in people over 50 years old.

-Neuropsychologists: Specialists in understanding the relationship between the brain and emotional and cognitive functions.

Make your decision based on practical considerations, such as which doctors are covered by your insurance carrier and the doctor’s location, as well as your loved one’s type of dementia and needs. Keep in mind that not all neurologists, for example, are automatically Alzheimer’s specialists.

 

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