If your doctor suspects Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, they may refer you to a memory clinic or another specialist clinic. Here, a doctor or nurse will run through some questions and tests with you.

Diagnosing dementia early is important. You will be able to get the right help, treatments and support and plan for the future. You may also be able to take part in research studies.

If you go to your doctor with memory problems:

  • They will ask about your symptoms and medical history and may give you a physical check-up.
  • They may ask you to do some memory and thinking tests.
  • Other tests, like brain scans or blood tests, may help the doctor to find the cause of your symptoms.

If your doctor suspects dementia, they may refer you to a memory clinic or a specialist for further tests.

If you are diagnosed with dementia, your doctor can tell you about the help, support and treatments available. You can choose not to know your diagnosis and who else can be told.

Early-onset Alzheimer's

This leaflet aims to give an introduction to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It’s for anyone who might be worried about themselves or somebody else.


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