Do I have dementia?

If you're unsure whether you have dementia, this section will help you. Get answers to common questions. Recognize what's a warning sign and what's part of normal aging. Know when it may be time to seek a diagnosis.

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10 warning signs of dementia

Whether you’re concerned for yourself or someone you care about, it's important to know the most common warning signs of dementia so you can ensure an early diagnosis.

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The 10 benefits of early diagnosis

People with dementia can live meaningful and productive lives for many years after an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis helps both the person and caregivers learn about dementia, set realistic expectations and plan for their future together.

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Talking to your doctor about dementia

Getting an official diagnosis begins with your family doctor. Your doctor can also help answer questions you may have about dementia. In preparation for your doctor's appointment, here are some helpful things to know and expect.

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What to expect while getting your diagnosis

There is no one specific test that can diagnose dementia. By understanding your medical history and examining your physical and mental status, your doctor may provide you with a diagnosis, recommend further exams, or refer you to a specialist.

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Reacting to your diagnosis

Your doctor has just told you that you have dementia. This may come as a shock – or, you may feel relief at finally being able to put a name to your symptoms.

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The risks of online self-assessments

Only a qualified healthcare provider, like your doctor, can provide you with an official dementia diagnosis. In comparison, getting a diagnosis through an online self-assessment may give you inaccurate, misleading information and put you at risk.

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