How do you talk to patients who are worried about their memory loss?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses how doctors talk with patients who are worried about their memory loss. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


I spend a lot of time in my office talking to people about that. It is one of the most feared processes that people think about, but most of the time, we can do some simple testing of memory. Sometimes it might be hard to remember where you parked the car, but you know you can find the car.

If you can find the car, it’s okay. It’s not going to affect your life but we want to be able to talk about it to reassure you that you're okay. Most people who come in worried about memory loss often don’t have it. They often don’t have Alzheimer's disease, but they know people who do. They have people in the family who have it and they’re just worried about it.