Joint Commission Encourages Patients to Speak Up about Memory Problems

November 20, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Health System


The Joint Commission has released a new brochure to provide information to older patients who are concerned about forgetfulness. Part of the agency’s ongoing Speak Up initiative, Speak Up: What You Should Know about Memory Problems and Dementia emphasizes that while it is perfectly normal to occasionally forget things, failing to recall how to use keys, make a phone call, or find your way home may be a sign of a more serious memory problem. The brochure provides advice on when to become concerned about memory problems, what causes memory problems, what to expect when you visit the doctor about memory problems, questions to ask your doctor about dementia, how family members and friends can help someone diagnosed with dementia, and where to find more information.

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