Timely diagnosis about the type of dementia someone is experiencing is an important key in maintaining quality of life throughout the journey.
For some people, there may be barriers to diagnosis, especially to an early diagnosis. These include the belief that memory problems are a normal part of aging, the perceived stigma attached to dementia, the lack of a cure and fear about the future. However, there are many reasons why early diagnosis is important.
Not only will it help rule out causes that may be reversible or treatable, a specific diagnosis can:
1) validate the symptoms being experienced and provide an understanding of the progression
2) allow time to plan for the future and make legal and financial decisions
3) allow the person with dementia to be actively involved in personal and health care decisions
4) assist the family and friends in understanding the disease and how to support the person with dementia
The Alzheimer Society has a toolkit that will help you have a productive and positive conversation with your doctor or health provider about your concerns and questions about a possible dementia diagnosis.
We encourage you to take the time to prepare for your visit and empower yourself with a proper diagnosis.
It is one the most powerful step you can take in dealing with dementia.