Alzheimer’s disease is a complex neurodegenerative disorder that needs a team of healthcare professionals. As the disease starts from the brain and affects the whole body, different doctors are needed for the assessment of different areas. The team includes Geriatrician, Geriatric psychiatrist, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Dentist, Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Physician, Geropsychologist and others.
A Geriatrician, Geriatric psychiatrist and Geropsychologist work with older people having Alzheimer’s disease. They assess their memory and thinking problems. A neurologist runs computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and analyse the brain damage.
A Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physical therapist, Occupational therapist assess the mental health of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Some may even prescribe medication to soothe the symptoms. A physician can write a general prescription to people with Alzheimer’s disease on the basis of preliminary checkup in case of emergency.
Besides this, other specialists can also get involved anywhere throughout the journey of people with Alzheimer’s disease depending upon the situation. If dementia leads to any cardiovascular disease, then a cardiologist may also join the team of specialists for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Likewise, some other specialists can also treat people with Alzheimer’s disease.
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