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Conversation Starters and Resources

If you notice changes in yourself or a loved one, it's important to talk about it and see a doctor. The resources below can help guide your conversation.

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"I've noticed you are having trouble concentrating and doing everyday things. Can we talk to a doctor about it?"
You can always reach out to our 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900 for support.
"I noticed you are having trouble doing day-to-day things. We should get it checked out."
The earlier a diagnosis, the earlier your loved one can get the support they need.
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"It seems like you haven't been yourself lately. We should go see the doctor about it."
Know what to expect when your loved one is being evaluated for memory and thinking problems.
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"Your mood has been a little off lately. Do you feel different? Can we go see a doctor?"
If you're not sure on the next step, reach out to our 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900 for support.
"I noticed you are forgetting common information like where we live. We should see a doctor to be safe."
Help your loved one know what questions they should ask the doctor.
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"This isn't the first time you've forgotten what day it was. Let's talk about it and go see a doctor."
If you feel a change in your loved one, don't ignore it — reach out for help.
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"Your decision-making lately seems off. It may be something serious and I feel we should see a doctor."
Learn how your loved one can prepare after they schedule their doctor's appointment.
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"I've noticed you seem confused when answering the phone lately. Let's go see a doctor to be safe."
Learn more about Alzheimer's and how it could be affecting your loved ones.
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"I've been noticing that common things and places have become unfamiliar to you. This may be serious so we should see a doctor."
Memory loss is not always a normal sign of aging.
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"I am noticing a difference when you try and do things around the house. Let's talk about what you are feeling."
Help your loved one prepare for their doctor's appointment.
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"We all forget dates but I've noticed you have forgotten some pretty big ones. I think we should see a doctor about it."
Seeing a doctor is the best step towards an early diagnosis.
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"When you think about what you are supposed to do today, is it clear? If not, something serious may be going on."
If you notice a change in your loved one, trust your gut and get them help.
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"It may be time to talk to a doctor as I've seen you put things in unusual places all around the house. "
The Alzheimer‘s Association is here to help guide you through our free 24/7 Helpline 800.272.3900.
"I noticed you've been losing a lot of things recently. We should see a doctor to be safe."
Getting an early diagnosis can help you plan for the future and provide options for treatment.
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"The last few times we've spoken, you couldn't remember the right words to say. Let's see a doctor about it."
You can always reach out to our 24/7 helpline for assistance at 800.272.3900.
"Lately, it seems like you're struggling to find the right words when we talk. Let's go speak with a doctor about it."
Know the right questions your loved one should ask their doctor.
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"I notice when you try and write, you tend to get confused. We should see a doctor. "
An early diagnosis can help your loved one prioritize their health and preserve their cognitive function.
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"I’ve noticed a change in your driving, even though your eye prescription hasn’t changed. Let’s see the family doctor about it."
Know the right questions to ask the doctor.
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"I noticed you haven't been seeing your friends lately. You love seeing them. Is there a reason why? Let's go talk to a doctor about it."
An early Alzheimer’s diagnosis has many benefits for you and your loved ones.
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"We've missed you the last couple of times we got together. Everything ok?"
Make sure your loved one brings everything they need to their doctor's appointment.
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