Doctor Discussion Guide
Suggested Questions to Ask the Doctor
- Do the symptoms indicate a problem?
- Is Alzheimer's disease one of the possible things that might be causing these symptoms?
- Are there other conditions that might be causing the symptoms?
- Could any of the medications currently being taken cause the symptoms?
- Will tests be needed in order for you to make the diagnosis? Which ones?
- How long will it be before I will know the diagnosis?
- If it is Alzheimer's disease, what should I expect?
- What medicines are available for Alzheimer's disease?
- Can these Alzheimer's treatments help slow the worsening of symptoms? Which ones?
- How do these Alzheimer's treatments work?
Questions the Doctor May Ask
The doctor will want to ask questions as well. You may want to think about the possible questions he or she may ask before you go, so that you can be better prepared to answer them.
Are you or someone you care for:
- Forgetting conversations, appointments, or holidays?
- Having difficulty finding the right words to express your thoughts?
- Repeating stories or questions?
- Getting lost in places that are familiar to you?
Have you or someone you care for:
- Forgotten how to do familiar activities, like cooking or making repairs?
- Had difficulty doing bills or balancing the checkbook, or thrown away bills before paying them?
- Been misplacing things more often than usual?
- Lost interest in friends, hobbies, or other activities that were once enjoyable?
- Been resisting change or new activities?
- Become more upset or angrier than usual?
- Often felt sad?
Once you and the doctor have figured out what the problem is, you won't be alone. You may find that there is a great deal that can be done to help improve the situation. Print this list of questions to take to your loved one's doctor as a reminder.