This in-depth evaluation takes a closer look at additional components of cognitive function, including short-term and long-term memory, attention span, language and communication skills, and orientation.
It requires an appointment long enough to include taking a more comprehensive patient history, assessing everyday functioning, and conducting a medical examination that may suggest the need for brain scans and/or laboratory tests. The participation of someone who knows the individual well is an important part of this step.
There are some situations where referral to a cognitive specialist for further evaluation may be advisable. However, primary care clinicians can and do provide the majority of diagnoses and ongoing care for individuals with dementia.