Getting a diagnosis

Finding out if it’s dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are not a normal part of aging. Our list of 10 warning signs will help you understand if you should seek further information.

Other conditions have symptoms similar to dementia and may be treatable, including depression, chest and urinary infections, severe constipation, vitamin and thyroid deficiencies and brain tumours, drug interactions or alcohol abuse. Other possible causes of confusion are poor sight or hearing; and emotional changes and upsets, such as moving or bereavement. Finding out the cause of the symptoms can help the person get the proper care, treatment and support.

If you are concerned about any symptoms, go to your doctor. If you don’t receive the help you need, ask to be referred to a specialist. You know your body and you should speak up if you have worries.

Not sure where to start? We've created a toolkit to help you start the conversation with your doctor or health provider about getting a diagnosis.

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Preparing for your doctor's visit

Preparing for your doctor's visit >

Things to do before, during and after your appointment to make the most of your visit.

Assessments and tests

Assessments and tests >

What to expect during the diagnostic process.

Memory screening

Memory screening >

Our position on memory screening and online self-assessments.

Last Updated: 04/04/2018