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Visiting Your Doctor
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Effective communication with your doctor is important when you are seeking a diagnosis for memory loss. Ask questions, be prepared to answer questions, and be as honest as possible.

What to bring
What to ask
Care logs

What to bring to a visit for memory loss

Diagnosing Dementia

Take our interactive tour to learn what to expect when being evaluated for memory and thinking problems.

A list of symptoms, when they began, and how frequently they occur, documented in the form of a journal or the use of care logs. Be as specific as possible.

❏ Take a list of past and current medical problems. Tell your doctor if other family members had illnesses that caused memory problems?

❏ Take all medications, both over-the-counter (vitamins, aspirin) and prescription, to the visit.

❏ Answer the doctor's questions honestly and to the best of your ability.

Questions to ask about testing for memory loss

❏ What tests will be performed?

❏ What does each test involve?

❏ How long will the tests take?

❏ How long will it take to learn results? 

Additional help

You may want to ask for a referral to a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Care logs & resources

 Care Log (2 pages)
The care log is a joint project between the caregiver and patient. Both can record information in the log. Keep it handy and use it to keep track of things that happen between doctor visits. 

 Medication Log (2 pages)
Use the medication log to help keep yourself organized and to keep the doctor(s) informed. It can help you remember the dosage, possible side effects, and any special instructions.

 Appointment Log (2 pages)
An appointment log can help you before, during and after a doctor visit. Doctors also appreciate that you have planned for the appointment.


My Personal Health Record
This site is a guide to understanding and maintaining personal health information in your medical record. Health care professionals use this record to help provide you appropriate and quality health care.

HIPAA and Health Information Privacy
U.S. government site featuring informative fact sheets about the Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and your health information privacy rights.

Alzheimer’s Navigator can help you map out a plan to approach Alzheimer's.

When facing Alzheimer's disease or dementia, there are a lot of things to consider. We can help you figure out your next steps. Go to our free, online tool and complete a series of short surveys to receive a customized action plan designed just for you. Learn more: Alzheimer’s Navigator.


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