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An evaluation for a diagnosis of dementia has many steps and must be thorough. The evaluation for a diagnosis of dementia generally includes the following components:
During the evaluation, if the person who presents symptoms has difficulty answering many of the questions, you or someone close to the patient can perhaps answer many of the questions.
Diagnosis requires a lot of work since there is no specific test for diagnosing dementia. Nevertheless, there are tests that have been designed to evaluate the severity of memory problems and dementia. These tests by themselves cannot diagnose dementia, but they help to reach a diagnosis. One of the tests most often used as part of the battery of tests given to a person to diagnose dementia is the Mini-Mental State Exam. This test is used to evaluate memory and thinking skills that are most affected by dementia. The skills assessed by this test are:
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