Dementia - what to ask your doctor
You are caring for someone who has dementia. Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of that person.
What to ask your doctor about dementia; Alzheimer disease - what to ask your doctor; Cognitive impairment - what to ask your doctor
Are there ways that I can help someone remember things around the home?
How should I talk with someone who is losing or has lost their memory?
How can I help someone with dressing? Are some clothes or shoes easier? Will an occupational therapist be able to teach us skills?
What is the best way to react when the person I am caring for becomes confused, hard to manage, or does not sleep well?
What should I do if the person I am caring for wanders around?
How can I keep the person I am caring for from hurting themselves around the house?
What are the signs that driving is becoming unsafe?
What diet should I give this person?
Alzheimer's Association. Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Professionals Working in a Home Setting. Updated 2009. Alz.org. www.alz.org/national/documents/phase_4_home_care_recs.pdf. Accessed December 8, 2016.
Budson AE, Solomon PR. Life adjustments for memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia. In: Budson AE, Solomon PR, eds. Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and Dementia: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 25.
Review Date: 10/24/2016
Reviewed By: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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