Benefits of seeking a dementia diagnosis

Dementia is a collection of symptoms. These symptoms vary from person to person. More information on the symptoms of dementia is available on the NHS Inform website.

Many people put off getting help because they believe it won’t change anything for them. Getting a diagnosis of dementia at the right time can allow you to get the support you need. It also gives you access to any therapies and medications which may be of benefit to you.

I’m worried I may have dementia

Many people worry about their memory, especially as we get older. You may be afraid that forgetfulness is the start of something else, like dementia. Your memory may be nothing to worry about.

If you are concerned, this booklet: Worried about your memory (pdf) from Health Scotland can support you with deciding if you should contact your GP.

It is important to discuss any concerns you have about your memory or any other symptoms you may be experiencing with your GP, so you get the appropriate advice and support. The earlier you get a diagnosis the sooner you can access support and services that can help.

Your GP is your first point of contact. if you are worried about your memory. Alzheimer Scotland’s Worried about dementia – important points to consider (pdf) includes important points to consider during the appointment with your GP.

Your GP may do some further tests such as blood tests to rule out any other causes of your symptoms. You may also be asked to do a memory test and the GP may refer you for a brain scan at a hospital.

In Aberdeenshire, if dementia is suspected, your diagnosis may be made by your GP, or they may refer you to a Psychiatrist for further assessments.