If you can't recall your daughter's name or you've forgotten where you parked your car, it may be time to check into getting treatment for memory loss.
- TIP: Ask what alternatives exist to this course of treatment, and whether there are any clinical trials available in your area that could give you access to courses of treatment still under evaluation.
- Step 1: Ask whether you should make any modifications to your lifestyle such as diet and exercise.
- Step 2: Ask your doctor for literature to help you understand your condition.
- FACT: In 2010, a German man memorized a shuffled pack of 52 playing cards in 21.9 seconds.
- Step 3: Ask the doctor what treatment plan they recommend. This may include taking medication or performing daily memory-strengthening exercises.
- Step 4: Ask the doctor whether you should see a specialist like a neurologist.
- Step 5: Ask your doctor whether your symptoms are caused by normal aging, or whether your condition is more serious.
- Step 6: Ask about other causes of memory loss besides Alzheimer's disease. Memory loss can also be produced by trauma, the use of certain medications, or by the normal aging process.
- Step 7: Ask whether your condition is chronic or short-term.
- Step 8: Ask what tests your doctor recommends. Imaging tests like CT scans and MRI scans can detect bleeding in the brain, stroke, brain damage, or tumors. Laboratory tests can be used to diagnose vitamin deficiencies, infections, and thyroid problems.
- Step 9: Have your doctor perform a medical examination and take a medical history. This may require asking family members and friends questions about your medical past.