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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor whenever you or a family member has any of the following problems:

  • Serious lapses in memory or judgment

    • forgets medication

    • forgets the stove is on

    • allows strangers into the home

    • Gets lost while driving or walking, especially in a familiar neighborhood

    • Substantial change in personality

The affected person often is unaware of these problems. He or she may even deny that they exist.

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