Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I or a loved one has symptoms that may be Alzheimer's.
  • I or a loved one has Alzheimer's, and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I or a loved one has Alzheimer's and is sick or having problems.

I or a loved one has symptoms that may be Alzheimer's.

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on February 17, 2018

  1. Is memory loss normal with aging? When is it something more serious?
  2. Is there a test for Alzheimer's disease, and how accurate is it?
  3. Are there simple ways to help address the symptoms of Alzheimer's?
  4. Can medications treat the symptoms or slow the progress of Alzheimer's?
  5. Should we see a specialist?

I or a loved one has Alzheimer's, and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on February 17, 2018

  1. What can we do around the house to make it safer and easier to manage?
  2. Would medication help ease the symptoms? What are the risks and benefits?
  3. How can we take advantage of community resources for people with Alzheimer's?
  4. What problems associated with Alzheimer's should we watch for?
  5. How often should we get a checkup?

I or a loved one has Alzheimer's and is sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on February 17, 2018

  1. Could new problems be related to Alzheimer's?
  2. Could the problems be a side effect of medication?
  3. Can the new problems be treated?
  4. What can we do if members of the family begin to experience caregiver burnout?
  5. Has the disease gotten bad enough that we should consider a nursing home?