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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 10/13/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I just was informed that my brother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I know nothing about it. Is there a test that confirms it. How is it diagnosed? Thanks for any answers.
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/13/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Pink, I am sorry about your recent news. May I ask, how old is your brother?

TO answer your question, there is no single test that can or will diagnose Alzheimer's. Doctors will look at a number of different things about the patient, such as language and problem solving skills, and ability to think. They will also do other tests to rule out any other health issues. They will of course, do a blood work up, and maybe even brain scans. Alzheimer's, to the best of my knowlledge, is not a super easy diagnosis. Mainly because it's not like you can do a blood test and say "yep, this man has Alzheimer's." Ya know?

I don't know how involved you will be in your brothers life, as I don't know your whole life story, but if you need support during this, please don't hesitate to come here. Alzheimer's is a tough thing to deal with, not only for the patient, but also for the family and friends who have the sad job of watching.

Wishing you all the best!
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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much Tammy, that's I was thinking that there was no test for it, that they had to rule out other things first. My brother will be 60 next month. He has cirrohsis of the liver and lung cancer. I suspect that his ammonia levels may have started to rise is what maybe causing his confusion. He lives couple of states away from me with another brother and sister. My sister thinks that doctors walk on water. I don't hold the same view point. So needless to say we bump heads on health issues. I am praying that he does not have alzheimer's on top of the other things that are wrong with him. Thank you again Tammy and if he does have it I certainly will be back here for education and support.
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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was given a 5 hour battery of tests,EEG,EKG,MRI Spinal Tap.I was diagnosed with AD at age 57,but Last Dec.I was still doing so well I had different testing done & they came up with vascular Dementia.I'm 67 now & still doing very well.
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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks SnowyLynne, I am getting ready to call my sister in a little bit so that info will come in handy. So glad that your are doing so well.
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   Posted 10/13/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Stay strong Pink...We are here for you!!!

Wishing you and your brother, all the best.

I am sorry to hear he has so much going on already!

You will be in my prayers...as will he, and the rest of your family as well.
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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Pink as Snowy said she was put thru a battery of tests then given the AD DX then was given Vascular Dementai DX

I have never known a woman that is still going as strong as our Snowy..........God Bless her..........

I do hope all will work out for your brother and his caregiving after .........
PLEASE feel free to pop in and join our lil family here ..........

Support for this DD is greatly needed by those that are losing their loved ones to it
I lost Mom already and Dad is going quickly..........

Stay with us plz

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God Bless ..........

Congrats on your new Mod position as well ....you'll love it

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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I finally was able to get a hold of my sister. And no, my brother was not diagnosed with alzheimers. All that was said was that she thought that he was acting like he may have alzheimers and by the time the story got to me through a couple of other family members it got twisted. I even talked with my brother who is sick and yes he is very sick but doing as well as he can given his circumstances. I am going to visit them at Christmastime. I hope that he is up for a visit then. Thanks again for all of your kind words and education on alzheimer's. Hope everyone is fine. Take care.
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   Posted 10/19/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear it is not AD

Hoping your visit goes great for all

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