Doctor Discussion Guide

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to know where to start when it comes to talking with a doctor about problems with memory, thinking, or behavior that has started affecting daily activities—and that’s okay.

Download and print this guide to help you or your loved one get the conversation started at the next appointment or upcoming annual wellness visit. You can use this guide to write down any symptoms, as well as the dates when you began noticing them. Remember, it’s helpful to fill out this guide with a loved one and to bring it to the next doctor’s appointment.

Tips for Doctor’s Appointments

Before you visit a doctor, there are a few things to keep in mind or prepare for in advance:

  • Know that not all symptoms may be due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Understand that it may take more than one doctor, multiple appointments, and several tests to find out if you or your loved one might have Alzheimer’s disease or another cause of dementia
  • Be honest about your or your loved one’s symptoms and concerns
  • Gather information on your or your loved one’s family health history, medical history, and lifestyle
  • Bring a list of current medications, vitamins, or supplements that you or your loved one is taking
  • Have someone you trust come with you to your appointment for support and to help take notes

Care Partner Support

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