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FEATURE – If you or your loved one have concerns about memory loss or other unexplained changes in behavior, get an expert opinion from your family doctor is an important first step in understanding how to proceed. and a free annual wellness visit for those 65 and older where patients can request a brain health assessment. But if you do not see your family doctor frequently, he or she may not know you well enough to determine if you are experiencing cognitive changes.
To help, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a list of five questions that individuals or family
- Do I (or the patient) have any medical conditions that could increase my risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia?
- Are you aware of my family history – especially among immediate health problems?
- What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia as a diagnosis?
- "This is a family (grandparents, parents or siblings) related to Alzheimer's or dementia
- " This is a good starting point for having a productive conversation with your family doctor, "Ronnie Daniel, executive director of the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said in a press release. "I would suggest bringing these questions in writing along with any other specific concerns or examples you may have. There may be a number of reasons behind memory loss and personal change, so it's important to get your doctor's help as soon as possible. "
For individuals who have immediate questions, the Alzheimer's Association has a free, 24/7 helpline staffed by trained professionals who can provide guidance and support: 800-272-3900.