- Acknowledging worry. It is fine to tell the individual that memory issues can be a cause for concern and testing is the best way to find out if there is something going on.
- Asking for help. Enlist the individual's physician to run a memory screening at the next visit or ask for a neurology referral.
- Making it personal: Mention that "It would make me feel better" for them to get a medical "all clear."
- Framing it as preventative. Explain that there are new techniques to help avoid memory loss with aging and part of that effort includes a memory screening.
- Keep it simple. Many people have a strong emotional reaction to the name "Alzheimer's." Just present it as a memory screening as part of a regular checkup done after a certain age.
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