How can I find out more

What are some of the things to look out for, what are some of the tests used for diagnosing dementia and how do you go about telling someone they have dementia...all these questions and more are answered in this section.

Warning signs of dementia

The early signs of dementia are very subtle and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary a great deal. Usually though, people first seem to notice that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events.

Worried about your memory

Feeling forgetful or confused? Finding out what is wrong is the first step to getting help.

Tests used in diagnosing dementia 

This page explains the more common tests and assessments doctors currently use to diagnose dementia. There is no one diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease or for most other causes of dementia. Doctors use a number of different tests to determine whether symptoms fit a certain diagnosis and to rule out other possible causes of symptoms.

Informing the person with dementia 

Should I tell the person with dementia about the diagnosis?