Seeking a Diagnosis
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Getting a diagnosis for dementia

Dementia often causes a loss of memory, judgement, and reasoning, as well as changes in behaviour and mood. These changes often result in a progressive decline in a person’s ability to function at work, in social relationships, or to perform regular daily activities. 

If you or someone you love have experienced these types of changes, it is important that you seek medical help and a diagnosis. Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is critical to ensuring proper support, care, and treatment of the illness. Contact your doctor to discuss your concerns, and to investigate and seek a diagnosis as early as possible.

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia

Your family doctor is usually the health professional who makes the diagnosis of dementia. While disclosing a diagnosis is challenging to both give and receive, when it is done with care and compassion, it can help the person with dementia understand the changes they are experiencing, and provide opportunities for them to be more involved in their own care. In the early stages, that involvement can include asking questions and participating in decision-making and personal planning for the future.

Learning about the disease

Whether you are a person living with dementia, a family caregiver or a friend, it is important to learn as much about dementia as you can. Understanding what the disease is, how it progresses, and what the treatment options are, may assist you to adjust to changes being experienced. It is very important to understand that the changes are due to disease and they are not the fault of the person with dementia.

Looking for a place to start? The Alzheimer Society of BC can send you an information package of brochures, fact sheets, and a list of helpful resources. We also recommend learning more about:

Finding help

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers a variety of educational and support programs for persons with dementia, their caregivers, and even the whole family. Find the latest offering of ASBC services and programs in the Interior Health region. 

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