September 2021 is the 10th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Month, which is aimed at raising awareness and challenging stigmas associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. World Alzheimer’s Month is organised by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a global not-for-profit. It says there is a growing urgency for people around the world to ‘Know Dementia’ – and that is the campaign theme for this year.
Some symptoms of dementia can mirror symptoms of other, treatable conditions, so it’s important to get a diagnosis for your symptoms.
Typically, a diagnosis starts by understanding and recognising the 10 signs of cognitive impairment.
This guide will walk you through the more common steps of receiving a dementia diagnosis.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:
If you recognise any of the 10 signs, the next recommended step is to call your GP. While he or she will be an important part of your care team, your doctor may refer you to specialists to determine the cause of your symptoms. Neurologists generally have the expertise to diagnose dementia, although other specialists may also be skilled in making a diagnosis. Members of your care team may include cognitive neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and geriatricians.
Enlist the help of community resources:
Being proactive with your health by requesting an assessment can lead to many positive outcomes:
For more information, read the ADI's annual report ‘Journey through the diagnosis of dementia’ launched today.
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