Diagnosing dementia

Memory loss is probably one of the most common indicators that you may be suffering from dementia, however, as simply being tired can have the same effect, diagnosing dementia is more complex.

Dementia is difficult for professionals to diagnose, so trying to work out yourself if you are suffering or not, is not recommended. Any issues, such as memory loss, difficulty in understanding written articles or following conversations, you may be experiencing, should be discussed with your doctor.

The following checklist, taken from Alzheimer’s Australia, is a useful tool for highlighting if you are suffering the key indicators of dementia. However, this should only be used to highlight your concerns to your own doctor and not for self-diagnosis.