Types of Diagnosis

There is no simple test to make a diagnosis and dementia can only be confirmed with certainty by examining the brain at post mortem. However, a reasonably accurate diagnosis of dementia can be made by taking a careful history of the person’s problem from a close relative or friend, together with an examination of the person’s physical and mental status. It is important to exclude other treatable conditions that cause memory loss such as depression, urinary infection, vitamin deficiency and brain tumour. An early diagnosis is very helpful, because it:

  • Maximizes the quality of your loved one’s life
  • Resolves Anxiety
  • Gives people with dementia a better chance to benefit from existing treatments
  • Gives you more time to plan for the future

Another important reason to get a diagnosis is to identify the actual cause of the dementia so that your loved one receives the proper care. Dementia related to depression, drug interaction, thyroid problems, and certain vitamin deficiencies, for example, may be reversible if detected early. Other causes of dementia include strokes, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease and are not reversible.

Common Tests

There is no one diagnostic test that can detect if a person has Alzheimer’s disease. Standard clinical methods combine physical and neuropsychological testing with caregiver input and the physician’s judgment, and the diagnostic process may take more than one day. New diagnostic tools and criteria make it possible for physicians to make a positive clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s with around 90 percent accuracy. The diagnostic process will involve your physician and possibly other specialty physicians, such as a psychiatrist or neurologist.


    A Little Care Is What They Need!

    What is the basic reason for joining this volunteer program?

    (Tick the option that suites you best, you can choose the multiple options as well)
    To support Alzheimer’s PakistanTo learn about DementiaFor gaining experienceTo become an active contributorTo help me get into paid employmentVolunteering is a tradition in my familyAny other reason:

    What would be your preferable way to get involved in this volunteer program?

    (Tick the option that suites you best, you can choose the multiple options as well)
    By making at least five volunteersBy organizing fundraising and donation collecting eventsBy sponsoring a patient for Rs. 2000 per monthBy organizing awareness events. (seminars, camps, walks, etc)By putting up poster on shops, distributing awareness material and placing donation boxes at different locationsBy helping in the establishment of new branches in other citiesAny other way by which you can help Alzheimer’s Pakistan?


    Note: It is mandatory for all the volunteers to raise a donation of Rs. 2000 by selling Alzheimer’s Pakistan’s information cards worth 100 rupees (each card) in addition to the above mentioned commitment. All volunteers will be awarded with an acknowledgment certificate.


    Alzheimer’s Pakistan

    146/1, Shadman Jail Road, Lahore.Tel: 042-35233935, 35233936
    Email: info@alz.org.pkwebsite: www.alz.org.pk

  • How can you Help ?

    Thank you for your interest in donating to the work of the Alzheimer’s Pakistan. The generous support of donors provides services for people facing Alzheimer’s disease and supports research to improve treatment, care, and prevention strategies. Donations can be made through cash, cheques and bank drafts: Cheques and bank drafts should be addressed to “Alzheimer’s Pakistan”. For cash donations, please find below our bank account number:


    Alzheimers Pakistan


    PK59 MUCB 0077 6010 1002  6377


    042 35233935