How is a diagnosis of Dementia made?
A dementia diagnosis will be based on several pieces of information which are collected at the memory clinic assessment. This will include the neuropsychology memory tests, consultant assessment, MRI brain scan and also medical history. At the meeting with the consultant you will be told the cause of any memory problems and the different treatments available. The criteria for dementia diagnosis can be a little complicated. See the link below for further details:
What happens if a dementia diagnosis is confirmed?
1. We will explain details about the symptoms and how the illness might develop in the future.
2. We will discuss the different possible treatments.
3. We will let you know about care and support services in your area.
4. We will also provide information about support groups and voluntary organisations for people with dementia and their families and carers including advocacy services.
5. We can show you where to find financial and legal advice, we have a registered solicitor working with our team who is on hand to offer free legal advice to all patients we see in the clinic.
6. Finally, we will write to your local GP about your memory assessment at the clinic and our report will give your GP clear instructions on how best to proceed. As above, we also offer a follow-up service to monitor a patient’s memory function and also monitor treatment if this has been started.
If the diagnosis is unclear or there is a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment then we can advise on ways to reduce dementia risk including memory skills training. We can also offer to repeat the tests in 6-12 months much like an ordinary health check-up.