Preparing for medical visits regarding Alzheimer’s disease

Jasmine Phu

September 3, 2010

Around 11 million people are caring for Alzheimer’s patients across the country, many of whom are adult children taking care of parents. Those who will be visiting a doctor to discuss the illness may benefit from preparing any questions or concerns before the appointment, according to

The first step is to make sure that the patient is ready for the visit. It is also a good idea to bring along snacks, water or an activity that can pass the time in the waiting room.

Write down a list of the concerns that you want to discuss with the doctor, including questions about medications or behavior. Be sure to note all the medicine that the patient is currently taking and discuss changes in diet or mood.

Remember to get every question out of the way, no matter how trivial or uncomfortable. Visits with doctors can be difficult to schedule and the situation may be drastically different within the next month.

Those who are caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s may want to consider installing an elderly alert system in the home. These devices can allow the patient to immediately contact family or doctors in the case of an emergency.