Alzheimer's: 7 tips for medical visits
Regular medical care is an important part of Alzheimer's treatment. Use these seven tips to stay on top of your loved one's care.By Mayo Clinic Staff
People who have Alzheimer's disease need regular medical care to address a range of health and behavioral issues. If you provide care for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, you're sure to have lots of questions for his or her doctor — and limited time. To get the most out of your loved one's medical appointments, consider these seven tips.
1. Schedule wisely
Plan appointments for your loved one's best time of day and, if possible, when the doctor's office is least crowded. Bring snacks and water and a portable activity your loved one enjoys.
2. Be prepared
Make a list of issues you'd like to address with the doctor, such as concerns about medication side effects or aggressive behavior. Also take note of your loved one's medications, even over-the-counter medications and supplements. Make a list of everything your loved one takes or bring the labeled containers in a bag. If your loved one lives in a facility, relay medications that your loved one is taking there or any concerns staff members might have.
3. Be specific
Be ready to answer questions about your loved one's symptoms and behavior. Have you noticed any changes in your loved one's health, memory or mood? When did you first notice the change? Is your loved one able to eat regular meals? Does your loved one seem to be uncomfortable in any way? Has your loved one shown any aggressive behavior? Do you have concerns about your loved one's ability to drive or live independently? As the disease progresses, your insight might be the critical factor in determining what's best for your loved one.
Feb. 28, 2014
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