Dementia - what to ask your doctor

Definition

You are caring for someone who has dementia. Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of that person.

Alternate Names

What to ask your doctor about dementia; Alzheimer's - what to ask your doctor; Cognitive impairment - what to ask your doctor

Questions

Are there ways that I can help someone with their memory 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?

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'm caring for wanders around?

How can I keep the person I'm caring for from hurting themselves around the house?

What are the signs that driving is becoming unsafe?

What diet should I give this person?


Review Date: 11/6/2012
Reviewed By: Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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