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1.3 What to ask your doctor

Your doctor can advise you on treatments


Some people with dementia said that after they were told that they had dementia, they found it hard to take in any other information at that doctor’s appointment.  Others also told us that they weren’t given enough information at that appointment. People with dementia strongly suggested making a follow-up appointment to find out more about their particular diagnosis and ask questions.  

  • For example, you may want to have an explanation of the test results that your doctor used to diagnosyour dementia (e.g., cognitive and behavioural symptoms doctors’ thought were significant). Your doctor might give advice on things you can do to treat, compensate or adapt to life with dementia.  

We’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions that people with dementia often ask their doctors. You might find this helpful as a starting point for the questions you’d like to ask your family doctor or specialist – print them out or write them down so you can ask them during you appointment.  


Ask your doctor


Ask your doctor more about your dementia symptoms and treatment or support options. You can use our list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you when you meet with your doctor or specialist.