When you see your provider for a visit (including your yearly “Wellness” visit), they may perform a cognitive assessment to look for signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) also covers a separate visit with your regular doctor or a specialist to fully review your cognitive function, establish or confirm a diagnosis like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and establish a care plan.
Signs of cognitive impairment include trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, managing finances, or making decisions about your everyday life. Other conditions (like depression, anxiety, and delirium) can also cause confusion, so it’s important to understand why you may be having symptoms.
During a cognitive assessment, your doctor may:
- Perform an exam, talk with you about your medical history, and review your medications.
- Create a care plan to help address and manage your symptoms.
- Help you develop or update your advance care plan.
- Refer you to a specialist, if needed.
- Help you understand more about community resources, like rehabilitation services, adult day health programs, and support groups.
You can bring someone with you, like a spouse, friend, or caregiver, to help give information and answer questions.