10 Steps to Approach Memory Concerns in Others
If you notice changes in friends, family, or others close to you and are concerned for their health — particularly when it involves changes in memory, thinking, or behavior — it can be difficult to know what to do or say. See below 10 steps to approach those you know and love having memory issues.
- What changes in memory, thinking, or behavior do you see?
- What else is going on?
- Learn about the signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and the benefits of an early diagnosis.
- Has anyone else noticed the change(s)?
- Who should have the conversation to discuss concerns?
- What is the best time and place to have the conversation?
- What will you or the person having the conversation say?
- Offer to go with the person to the doctor.
- If needed, have multiple conversations
- Turn to the Alzheimer’s Association for information and support.