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I think my mother might be getting alzheimers, but she won't see a doctor. Is there any way to find out if she has it given she refuses doctors?
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Possibly.
Alzheimer's is a diagnosis of exclusion, with the only definitive way of confirmation being a post-mortem exam of the brain.
But the mini-mental status exam is useful as a screening test. A score below 24 out of 30 means a more thorough exam is needed. Clinical exam would be useful to exclude treatable causes of dementia.

In brief: Possibly.
Alzheimer's is a diagnosis of exclusion, with the only definitive way of confirmation being a post-mortem exam of the brain.
But the mini-mental status exam is useful as a screening test. A score below 24 out of 30 means a more thorough exam is needed. Clinical exam would be useful to exclude treatable causes of dementia.
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