If you’re worried that you or someone you know might have dementia, the first thing to do is speak to your GP.
The GP will carry out an initial assessment. They may refer you to a specialist for further tests. Our symptoms checklist can help you better explain your symptoms to the GP.
There is no single test used to diagnose dementia. A diagnosis is usually based on several tests and assessments. This could include mental ability tests and brain scans, but it varies for everyone.
For some people, getting a diagnosis of dementia can take a few weeks. For others, it can take longer - sometimes more than a year. This can be due to a number of things, including your medical history and what symptoms you have.