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Alzheimer's Disease Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often are you having memory, mood or behavior problems?
  • Are you keeping a care log and can we review it together?
  • Have you had any memory changes or new behaviors or moods since our last appointment?
  • What activities do you do to keep your brain challenged?
  • Do you need assistance at home? What support does your caregiver have?
  • When did you first notice problems with your memory or thinking? Describe the problems you are having.
  • How often do you have these problems? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely? Are they getting worse?
  • Are there activities you avoid because they feel too mentally challenging?
  • Do you have any changes in the emotions you experience, such as feeling sad more often?
  • Do you have any physical symptoms, such as trembling?
  • Has anyone in your family had dementia or Alzheimer's disease?
  • Are you having side effects from your medicine, such as appetite changes, upset stomach, or worsening of symptoms?
  • What is your biggest concern about an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do you notice a pattern to the symptoms you are having?
  • Are the memory problems I'm having normal for someone my age?
  • How do you diagnose Alzheimer's Disease?
  • What tests do I need and how accurate are they?
  • How will you know if it is Alzheimer's disease or not? What other conditions can cause my symptoms?
  • How effective are current treatments for Alzheimer's disease?
  • How quickly does Alzheimer's disease progress over time?
  • What are the treatment goals at this stage of Alzheimer's disease?
  • Is my current treatment plan enough to reach those goals?
  • What else should I be doing to keep myself healthy and safe?
  • What can I expect over the next year or two or three years from now?
  • Should I consider a clinical trial for Alzheimer's medication?
  • What are the best treatment options for me? How effective are they?
  • What are common side effects of medications used to treat Alzheimer's disease?
  • What other things can I do to help support my brain and memory?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job helping my memory problems or other symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean Alzheimer's disease is progressing?
  • How do you believe my disease will progress? Is there anything else you recommend?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Alzheimer's Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350453
  2. What Is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's Association. https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers
  3. Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet. National Institute on Aging. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet
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