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.
Why do I need a diagnosis?
Getting a diagnosis may rule out other conditions, gives an explanation for your symptoms, helps you to get the support you need and allows you to make plans for the future.
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is of the most commonly used test for memory problems and is often part of an assessment for dementia.
Assessment process and tests
Your GP will talk to you about your symptoms and might carry out a physical examination or test your mental abilities. Your GP may send you for further tests, including possibly a brain scan, by more specialist health professionals.