Diagnosis

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a group of symptoms that can be caused by different physical changes in the brain.

A person’s risk of developing dementia increases as they age, however, dementia does not only affect older adults. Thousands of people under the age of 65 are living with a diagnosis of dementia in B.C.

In some cases, a person can appear to have dementia, but their symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion or disorientation, can actually be attributed to a reversible medical cause, for example, a urinary tract infection or a vitamin deficiency.

A diagnosis of dementia can be hugely stressful as dementia brings with it many changes and, unfortunately, a great deal of stigma. The following resources can help people affected by dementia navigate the diagnosis.

10 Warning Signs (PDF)                                                   

10 Warning Signs (Poster)                                                 

Benefits of an Early Diagnosis                                   

Principles for a Dignified Diagnosis                             

Questions for Family Physicians and Health Professionals to ask when Cognitive Impairment is suspected                                     

Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis, and Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities   


Last Updated: 07/05/2019