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You generally don't need a specialist to diagnose suspected Alzheimer's, primary care practitioners evaluate and treat for this all the time. Which suggests to me that, yes, she thinks it's an anxiety issue. The initial screening for dementia would be a Mini-mental status exam. A psychiatrist would be familiar with this test.
Regarding the nurses' response from your doctor's office: From a medical perspective the response is reasonable one. But as a patient who seeks a lot of emotional support (perhaps too much?) from her doctors, I would honestly feel a little put-off or hurt by the short impersonal response. Knowing this of myself, I would then sit down and journal it out and remind myself not to read too much into the situation if I otherwise trust and like my doctor(s) Good luck to you!