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If your memory-related symptoms persist or increase, it is recommendable to establish their cause. Managing symptoms is most effective when treatment starts as early as possible.
If you notice apparent symptoms of memory impairment, make an appointment for memory tests at your own health station. If you are a home care client, talk to a nurse or doctor about your memory problems.
You should get your memory tested, for example, if
- you are worried about your memory
- your loved one is worried about your memory
- memory-related symptoms interfere with work or everyday chores
- you keep forgetting agreed meetings
- you are having difficulties with finding words
- your reasoning and problem-solving abilities have become impaired
- you are having trouble with managing your finances or understanding the clock
- you keep losing objects or have difficulty in understanding their purpose of use
- your mood has changed in connection with impaired short-term memory
- your ability to take initiative has become impaired
- you keep getting lost even in familiar environments
At the health station, a nurse will perform the basic test, which includes an interview, an assessment of the memory-related symptom, a memory test and a functional ability test. A doctor will continue with the tests.
If further tests are required, your doctor will refer you to the Neurology Outpatient Clinic or Geriatric Outpatient Clinic (people over the age of 75). You will be invited to the outpatient clinic with a close family member, friend or nurse.
At the outpatient clinic, your memory functions and your everyday functional ability will be tested extensively. Often, the tests also include a brain MRI.
If your symptoms are caused by a memory disorder, we will prepare an individual plan for you to maintain your functional ability. The plan will cover medication, applying for benefits, and the support services you will need, such as home care or informal care.
We will regularly update the plan with you and your trusted family member or friend in order to maintain your functional ability.
Further treatment and follow-up will take place at your own health station or in home care.