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Walk to End Alzheimer's

If you or a loved one have concerns about memory loss or other unexplained changes in behavior, getting an expert opinion from your doctor is an important first step in understanding how to proceed.

Medicare offers a free annual wellness visit for those 65 and older where patients can request a brain health assessment. But if you don’t see your family physician frequently, he or she may not know you well enough to determine if you are experiencing cognitive changes.

To help, the Alzheimer’s Association has developed a list of five questions that individuals or family members can ask the doctor to help ensure that the visit is productive and patients get proper direction.

1. Do I (or the patient) have any medical conditions that could increase my risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia?

2. Am I taking any medications that could be causing memory or cognitive-related symptoms?

3. What tests could you perform that might rule out Alzheimer’s or dementia as a diagnosis?

4. Are you aware of my family history, particularly among immediate family (grandparents, parents or siblings) related to Alzheimer’s or dementia?

5. Should I be concerned about (explain any changes in memory, focus, thinking or mood)?

“This is a good starting point for having a productive conversation with your family doctor,” said Director of Health Systems for the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado Danelle Hubbard. “I would suggest bringing these questions in writing along with any other specific concerns or examples you may have. There can be a number of reasons behind memory loss and mood change, so it’s important to get guidance from your doctor as early as possible.”

For individuals who have immediate questions, the Alzheimer’s Association has a free, 24/7 Helpline staffed by trained professionals who can provide guidance and support: 800-272-3900. Information is also available at

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sept. 16: Pueblo • Sept. 30: Colorado Springs

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for

Alzheimer’s care, support and research. While there is no fee to register, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and research prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. Here’s how you can participate:

1. Register for the Walk in Pueblo on September 16 or Colorado Springs on September 30 at

2. Start fundraising and spread the word.

3. Show up for the event at the Riverwalk (Pueblo) or Memorial Park
(Colorado Springs). Registration is at 8:30 a.m.

For info, contact Teal Peabody at 719-651-3584 or [email protected]