Education and Care - Ask Your Doctor

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Good communication can enable you to get the most out of your visit to a physician or other healthcare professional. Being open and asking questions help toward understanding, and proper diagnosis and treatment.

When accompanying your loved one to a doctor, bring current medications, notes on symptoms and other issues--and a list of questions.


  • What is the diagnosis?
  • What other tests should be taken?
  • Should we see a neurologist, geriatrician or other specialist?
  • How does the disease progress (symptoms, time span)?
  • What are all the available treatment options?
  • What is the effectiveness of each medication, in terms of memory, behavior and other symptoms?
  • What are the side effects, dosage, possible drug interactions, and pros and cons of each treatment?
  • What changes in condition should we report to you?
  • In addition to medication, what do you recommend in terms of diet, vitamins, physical exercise and other lifestyle changes?
  • What mental exercises can we do to stimulate the brain?
  • Are there any clinical drug trials that would be appropriate to participate in? What are the risks and benefits?
  • What advice can you provide regarding care?
  • Do you have information about community resources, such as support groups, educational workshops and services for my family?
  • Will you be speaking with my loved one's other doctors?
  • How often should we make an appointment to see you?

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