Eleven seconds. That's the amount of time, on average, a physician will spend initially listening to a patient during a routine visit before they interrupt. So, based on that average, Miles for Memories suggests preparing to use the appointment time wisely, especially if dementia is a concern.

Miles for Memories volunteer Steve Frisbie expands on the following recommendations as one prepares for their doctor visit:

  • Make a list of concerns
  • Make a list of questions
  • Bring a list of medications
  • Bring a friend or loved one who can help with the details

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