How to Find the Right Doctor for You

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How to Find the Right Doctor for You

Finding the right doctor does not have to be a confusing, overwhelming, or nerve-wracking experience. Before you blindly book a doctor’s appointment or give up in frustration, consider these expert guidelines from family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle, psychiatrist Dr. Ranna Parekh, dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota, and ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan L. Prenner.

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Look for the Right License

The first step in your search for the best doctor that can work with you and address your concerns is to check that your doctor is licensed. This may seem obvious but it is an important step that should not be overlooked. Physicians are required to obtain a state medical license in order to diagnose conditions, prescribe treatments, and operate on patients. A medical license indicates that a physician has completed requisite education and training and passed a licensing examination. Physicians may hold multiple licenses; for example, if a doctor practices medicine in more than one state, he or she needs to hold an active license in each state.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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