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Senior Care Houston TX: Talking Dementia with Your Doctor

Senior Care Houston TX: Talking Dementia with Your Doctor
from Alzheimer’s Weekly

Health care can be confusing.

Whether you are just starting treatment or your treatment is already underway, it is never too late to take an active role in your health care.

By talking with your doctor, nurses, and other people on your health care team, you can make sure you are not missing the best treatment for you.

Here are a few tips to help you better understand your treatment options:

1. Give your doctor as much information as you can.
Don’t wait for your doctor to ask questions. Share everything—even information that might be embarrassing. This information can help your doctor make better recommendations.

  •     Tell your doctor about all your symptoms.
  •     Talk about what is most important to your quality of life. You can use the Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Priorities Tool to make a list of what is important to you.
  •     Keep a list of your past illnesses, operations, and treatments. Share the list with your family and bring it to your appointment.
  •     Bring a list of your medicines (or bring them in a bag) to your appointment. Tell the doctor how much and how often you take each medicine.
  •     Tell your doctor about allergies, reactions, or side effects you’ve had from medicines.
  •     Tell your doctor if you take herbal products or alternative medicines, supplements, or treatments.

2. Ask as many questions as you need to understand your diagnosis.

If you do not ask questions, your doctor may think you understand everything you are being told.

Write down your questions before your visit so you do not forget anything. Start by asking the most important ones and work your way down the list. To get you started, here are some questions you might want to ask:

  •     Why would this treatment be good for me?
  •     What are the chances this treatment will work?
  •     When will I notice a difference?
  •     How much does this treatment cost?
  •     Will this treatment hurt?
  •     What are my other options?
  •     Are there side effects?
  •     What can be done about the side effects?

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