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Dementia - what to ask your doctor

Alzheimer disease

Definition

You are caring for someone who has dementia. Below are questions you may want to ask the health care provider to help you take care of that person.

Alternative Names

What to ask your doctor about dementia; Alzheimer disease - what to ask your doctor; Cognitive impairment - what to ask your doctor

Questions

Are there ways that I can help someone remember things around the home?

How should I talk with someone who is losing or has lost their memory?

How can I help someone with dressing? Are some clothes or shoes easier? Will an occupational therapist be able to teach us skills?

What is the best way to react when the person I am caring for becomes confused, hard to manage, or does not sleep well?

What should I do if the person I am caring for wanders around?

How can I keep the person I am caring for from hurting themselves around the house?

What are the signs that driving is becoming unsafe?

What diet should I give this person?

References

Budson AE, Solomon PR. Life adjustments for memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia. In: Budson AE, Solomon PR, eds. Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and Dementia: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 25.

Fazio S, Pace D, Maslow K, Zimmerman S, Kallmyer B. Alzheimer's Association dementia care practice recommendations. Gerontologist. 2018;58(Suppl_1):S1-S9. PMID: 29361074 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29361074.


Review Date: 10/13/2018
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.