Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, an early diagnosis will allow your parent to get treatment that can lessen symptoms. Plus, it will give you and your parent more time to discuss what sort of care he or she wants and to make a plan to pay for that care.

If you've noticed signs that something might be wrong, take these steps to persuade your parent to get tested for dementia:

  • Be supportive of getting things checked out rather than dismissive: Mom might be dropping hints that she’s starting to struggle, but you’ve ignored them because you might not want to accept that there could be a problem. 
  • Appeal to your parent’s emotional side: Let your parent know that you’re worried about her well-being and that you’re asking her to get checked out by a doctor as a favor to you.
  • Reach out to a third party: Ask your parent’s primary care provider or even one of your parent’s friends to suggest that he or she get tested for dementia. Your parent might be more open to the suggestion if it comes from a professional or peer than from you, the child.

Keep reading to learn more about how to get a parent tested for Alzheimer's and dementia.