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Dementia: the process of getting a diagnosis

Every three minutes someone develops dementia, but right now there are thousands of people who are in the dark about their condition – they may not know what signs to spot, are in denial, or just too afraid to visit their GP.

With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low due to the pandemic, Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people take the first step. A diagnosis can be daunting – but surely, it’s better to know?

Here, to mark Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society has asked Dr Hilary Jones MBE to talk through what to expect when seeking a diagnosis.

First thing’s first – see your GP

If you or your loved one are worried about experiencing dementia symptoms, you should visit your GP. They will try to assess what’s likely to be causing the problem.

Referral

The GP may refer you to have an assessment at a local memory service. These specialist units have health professionals skilled in diagnosing conditions that cause dementia-like symptoms. Referrals should take six weeks or less, although recently waiting times have been longer due to COVID. In the meantime, the GP may ask for some blood t

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