The brain changes as we age, often leading to a decline in mental abilities such as memory and thinking skills. However, some older people experience brain changes that are not normal and a warning sign that something may be wrong. If you or a loved one are concerned about changes in your memory cognition, it is important to speak with your doctor and identify what is causing cognitive impairment. The following are tips to prepare and make the most out of an appointment with your doctor.

Before your appointment, write down the symptoms you are experiencing, when they began, and their frequency. Also list past and current medical problems you have experienced, medications you are taking, and other concerns you may have related to your memory cognition.

Bring a Support Person
It may be beneficial to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to your appointment. They can help you take notes, ask questions, and help you remember what your doctor says.

Be Open and Honest
It is important to be open and honest with your doctor about your exact symptoms and experiences. This will help your doctor conduct a thorough health assessment, recommend testing, and make an accurate diagnosis.

Minor cognitive decline is normal with aging and can be caused by a wide range of issues. If you are experiencing memory loss, language problems, and issues with attention, reasoning, and decision-making, a doctor can help you identify what is causing your symptoms and develop a care plan that is right for you.