If you notice changes in friends, family or others close to you and are concerned for their health — particularly when it involves changes in memory, thinking or behavior — it can be difficult to know what to do or say. Although it's natural to be uncertain or nervous about how to offer support, these changes could be a sign of a significant health concern. Use the guide below or print out the PDF
to help you feel more confident and prepared as you assess the situation and take action.
Assess the Situation
Take action through conversation
Visit our education resources to take our free Dementia Conversations online program. Learn how to have honest and caring conversations about common concerns — including driving, doctor visits, and legal and financial planning — when someone begins to show signs of dementia.
Call our free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) to speak with a master’s-level clinician who can provide more information about how to discuss memory concerns with someone close to you.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder to find local resources, such as health care professionals, and your closest Association chapter.
Explore Evaluating Memory and Thinking Problems: What to Expect to learn what a typical medical evaluation may include.