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If you are worried about your memory, or you have other symptoms which are affecting your thinking, behaviour, or ability to perform everyday tasks, it is a good idea to see a General Practitioner (GP).

If you are worried about someone else, encourage them to make an appointment with a GP and perhaps suggest that you go with them for support.

A diagnosis of dementia can raise many emotions and questions. Every person with a diagnosis of dementia experiences their condition differently.

Dementia presents new challenges for the person with the diagnosis and their family; it can be difficult to know what services or help is available. Your local Dementia Navigator will work with you to fully explore your unique circumstances.

Getting a diagnosis gives you and your family the best chance to prepare for the future. With treatment and support from healthcare professionals, family, friends and organisations like Dementia NI, many people are still able to lead active fulfilling lives.

Dementia NI member Allison Batchelor says, “As you can imagine my diagnosis completely floored me and I was scared, angry, worried, depressed but at the same time relieved to eventually know what was wrong.”

Why is an early diagnosis of dementia important?

Dementia is a life-changing condition and reactions to a diagnosis can range from dismay and deep sadness to fear, anger and despair. For many people it can also come as a relief. A diagnosis may well provide long-awaited answers for a failing memory, communication problems and changes in behaviour.

An early diagnosis opens the door to future care, treatment and support from family, friends and organisations like Dementia NI. This can help individuals plan for the future while they are still able to make important decisions on their care and support needs, and on financial and legal matters. It also helps them and their families to receive practical information, advice and guidance as they face new challenges.

Read Davie's Story

Read Davie's Story

Davie was diagnosed with Fronto-Temporal dementia at age 54. This is not the news anyone expects to get at this age. Find out more about Davie's story.

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