Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dementia Senile Evaluation

The evaluation of senile dementia begins with a history and physical exam.

The physical exam is usually normal in someone with senile dementia.

The evaluation of someone with senile dementia includes:

  • Evaluation by a neurologist
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Brain imaging studies

Behavioral findings in someone with senile dementia may include:
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty communicating ideas
  • Impaired judgment
  • Difficulty understanding directions

Some tests that may be used to evaluate senile dementia include:

Tests that may be used to identify Alzheimer's disease include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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