Alzheimer's disease is a physical disease and not a mental disorder.
It may take several appointments with your doctor or specialists before a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be confirmed.
If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, your doctor may recommend that the diagnosis is shared with your family or your carers. However, this will only be done with your permission.
Treatment options involve medications that can help delay its development according to the severity of your disease.
The healthcare professionals who are treating you will also aim to keep you living as independently as possible. They will do this by identifying areas where you may need some assistance with your day-to-day activities including:
- whether you can drive safely
- whether you can wash, dress and feed yourself
- whether you have a support network, such as family and friends
- whether you need any financial assistance.