Visiting The Doctor
Many people get a little nervous when they visit the doctor. But if you've been suspecting that someone you care about may have Alzheimer's disease, you're probably quite anxious about the appointment – and so, no doubt, is that person.
Coping with denial
Jane Field had never seen her father cry like that. With some persuasion and outright pressure, he had finally agreed to take his wife Eleanor to see the doctor where she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. It was a painful acceptance, but one that allowed this family to get the help it needed. With the diagnosis, the family was no longer in denial, and that opened the door for not just medical care, but for someone to come into their home to help care for Eleanor.
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This section will help you prepare for the appointment by giving you advice to make the most of the time you spend with the physician. Additionally, it will provide information on support networks such as Alzheimer's Australia, which are available to help you plan for today and for the future.
- The best time to go
Preparing yourself and someone you care about for a productive appointment.
- What the doctor needs to know
A list of what to bring with you as well as questions to ask the doctor.
- What to expect
Anticipate what will take place at the appointment so you can better plan for it.
- Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
If someone close to you does in fact have the disease, what will that mean?
- Tips for coping with the diagnosis
Steps to help you and the person you care about face a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease