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Dementia - symptoms and diagnosis

Symptoms of dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society has developed a simple explanation of what dementia is, its causes and symptoms. It also describes some of the different types of dementia.

On the Alzheimer's Research UK website you can also tour the brain and discover what different areas of the brain do and how they can be affected by dementia.

More information about the possible symptoms of each type of dementia can also be found on the NHS website.

Benefits of early diagnosis

A timely diagnosis and prompt follow-up support helps people with dementia and their families to take control of their lives and manage their condition well. Benefits include:

  • opening the door to future care and treatment;
  • helping people to plan ahead and make important decisions on their care and support needs and arrange financial and legal matters; and
  • enabling people with dementia and their families to receive practical information, advice and guidance.

Getting a diagnosis

Contact your GP to talk about your symptoms. It might be helpful to ask someone to support you through this process. 

If you are concerned that someone you know may have dementia and are unsure how to help them, you can find useful information by visiting the NHS website.

Dementia Assessment Service

The Memory and Dementia Assessment Service provides early assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care if you or someone you care for, have difficulties with dementia.  The Dementia Assessment Service is a diagnostic service, any ongoing care sits with the GP, Alzheimer’s society or for those with more distressed or behaviour that challenges they would be referred to the Dementia & Older People Community Mental Health Support service.

Dementia Advisers - supporting you after diagnosis

Following your diagnosis, you will be contacted by a Dementia Adviser from the Alzheimer’s Society who will offer support to you and your family and friend carers.

The adviser will give you information and advice and signpost you to other support, including information sessions such as Understanding Dementia, Living Well with Dementia and the Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP).

Dementia Guide

The Dementia Guide is an essential resource for anyone who has recently been told they have dementia. Produced by the Alzheimer's Society, it explains the treatments, support and services that are available.

The Guide is available in different languages as well as a video version in British Sign Language.

Last updated: 29 November 2023