Myron F. Weiner MD


Medical History and Physical Exam for Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

A person’s medical history and a physical exam are important parts of the evaluation when the person has symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Medical history The doctor will ask questions during a medical history to assess a person’s past and current overall health and to find out how well the person functions…

Delirium (Acute Confusional State)

Delirium (acute confusional state) is a sudden change in a person’s mental status, leading to confusion and unusual behavior. Symptoms of delirium usually develop over the course of several hours to a few days. Symptoms may fluctuate and often include: Confusion and disorientation, including hallucinations, delusions…

Dementia: Helping a Person Avoid Confusion

People who have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia are sometimes easily confused and may forget where they are, what day it is, and other common facts. The following tips will help avoid confusion. Use familiar objects, such as a favorite chair or photographs, to help the person recognize where he or she is. Label…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease damages the brain and causes a steady loss of memory and of how well you can speak, think, and do your daily activities. It gets worse over time, but how quickly this happens varies. There are medicines that may slow down the symptoms for a while and make the disease easier to live with.

Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions

A health professional may evaluate the day-to-day functioning of a person who has Alzheimer’s disease by asking questions and observing the person. This often is done informally during the medical history and physical exam. Sometimes the health professional may use a more formal functional status exam to evaluate a…