Alzheimer's Diagnosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, but you will benefit from taking an active role in your healthcare. 

Alzheimer's Diagnosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Things to bring to your appointment:

  • The doctor’s name and
    contact information
  • A list of your medications
  • A notepad to write down the doctor’s responses
  • A friend or relative to accompany you if possible

Here are some questions you can take along when you visit the doctor:

  • Have tests ruled out the possibility that this is normal aging?
  • How much experience do you have in treating people with Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Will you be my main doctor throughout my illness?
  • Is it possible the medications I’m on could be making my symptoms worse?
  • What stage of Alzheimer’s disease am I in now, and what changes can I expect as my disease progresses? What’s the emotional impact?
  • What treatments are available to slow the progression of the disease?
  • Would mental and physical exercise preserve my cognitive health?
  • Will you be testing my mental condition at regular intervals?
  • What’s your advice for sharing this news with the people in my life?
  • Is it safe for me to drive? How will I know when it’s not?
  • Should I (we) be looking at getting some help or making other
    living arrangements?
  • What services and support organizations for Alzheimer’s disease are in the area?
  • Are you aware of any Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials I might qualify for? 

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