Working with Your Doctor

Finding out what's wrong

If you or someone you care for is having memory problems, you should see the doctor right away. Explain the reason for your visit. Doctors only have a limited amount of time to spend with each patient, so try to be prepared for the visit.

You should bring:

  • All medications - both over-the counter (vitamins, aspirin) and prescription
  • A list of past and current medical problems
  • A specific list of symptoms, when they began, and how frequently they occur.

Answer the doctor's questions honestly. Ask the doctor to explain any tests and how long test results will take.

Working with your doctor to get the best care
Good communication with your doctor is very important and often takes time and effort. Tips for follow-up visits include:

  • Keep a written record of changes in the patient's condition and bring it to each visit
  • Bring a list of top concerns that you want to discuss
  • Bring a list of all medications and the actual bottles
  • Gather information. Take notes during the visit or write notes afterward.

Even if the diagnosis is Alzheimer's Disease or a related illness, much can be done to treat the patient and help the family.

If you have questions or concerns at anytime, the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, Inc. (ADAKC) is here to help you! Call us at (661) 393-8871 for valuable resources to get you through this difficult time.

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