Alzheimer’s Medical Checkup – 4 Fundamental Tips

Published May 5, 2015 in Alzheimer's  By  Ohad J. Pearl, MPH
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Are you taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease? If yes, then you must know that sometimes it gets too strenuous and that you need to know everything clearly in order to do even the everyday, mundane tasks. One of the main ways to properly take care of your loved one is to make the most out of your doctor’s appointment.

Knowledge never hurts when it comes to taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient and you need to clarify each and everything that you can with the doctor. So here is a guide comprising of seven tips on how to make the most out of regular medical checkups and how to take better care of your loved one.

Schedule Your Appointments at a Convenient Time:

It is important that you schedule your appointments at a convenient time when there is not much noise at the clinic nor do you have to wait for too long. Make sure your loved one doesn’t have to sit and do nothing for too long or they will get bored and agitated. Bring along food, drinks and something for entertainment if you are going to have to wait for a period of time.

Be Ready To Ask Each and Every Question:

Don’t hold back when it comes to asking questions! While taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient, the more you know will allow for a better experience. Ask the doctor questions about your loved one’s temperament or their medication. You need to make sure that your loved one gets the right type and amount of medication. Furthermore, you can bring the containers of the current medicine with you and discuss your loved one’s responses, whether favorable or not.

Stick To the Important Questions:

There are many important questions you need to ask your doctor, make sure you ask them all. For example, ask the doctor about your loved one’s memory, temperament and overall health. If you have lately sensed something different with the way your loved one has been behaving or if you have noticed any change in their daily habits then be sure to ask the doctor. Ask the doctor about how they are going to be over time and discuss about the idea of caregiving or getting help from local support groups.

Take Notes or Record The Conversation:

The most important thing is that you don’t forget anything you have learned from the doctor’s visit. Bring along a notebook and a pen to take notes of the conversation or if you need to handle your loved one, bring along another person who can take all the notes of the doctor’s conversation so that you can access this information at a later time. If the doctor allows you to, then use the recording feature of your phone to record the entire session.