Diagnosis If you or someone close to you is experiencing changes such as significant memory loss, confusion or language difficulties, it’s a good idea to visit your GP for an assessment. Advice Why have an assessment for dementia? Find out why it is important to have an assessment to test if you have dementia, and the benefits of receiving a diagnosis. Advice The MMSE test The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for complaints of problems with memory or other mental abilities. Advice Dementia tests and the assessment process This group of pages tells you what happens when someone has an assessment to find out if they have dementia. It explains the different steps involved, including what happens if a diagnosis is made. You might find it useful if you are worried about your own memory, or someone else's. Information Adjusting to your diagnosis Support after a diagnosis is very important. If you have recently been diagnosed with dementia, this page is for you.