I am certainly no expert on Alz, but my dad has been declining with Alz for the last few years.
I believe that initially the doctor (neurologist?) attempts to rule out other causes for the memory problems. Alzhiemer's can't be diagnosed directly, it is a disease where they have to rule out other stuff and connect the dots so to speak.
Dad also has done several memory tests where the doc gives list of items and the patient is asked to repeat them a few minutes later. They do several tests like that.
You would do really well to contact your local Alzheimer's Association ASAP. They are a wealth of informaiton and you'll wish you had contacted them sooner.
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