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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any concern about your memory or if you or a loved one is having more difficulty recently with any of the following:

  • Learning and remembering new information

  • Handling complex tasks, such as preparing a meal

  • Reasoning, such as knowing how to organize shopping

  • Orientation, such as knowing the day of the week or the time of day

  • Language, including finding words to express thoughts

A person with dementia may also exhibit the following types of behaviors:

  • Changes in mood behavior, such as irritability

  • Placing everyday objects in odd places, such as putting a hat in the microwave

  • Forgetting the day, month, time or location

  • Loss of desire to initiate activities or be as active as usual

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