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Getting a timely diagnosis of dementia
The reason a diagnosis is described as ‘timely’ rather than ‘early’ is because early can sometimes be so early that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to accurately diagnose a person’s dementia.
Diagnosing a person in a timely way should allow for symptoms to become clear enough that accurate records can be used to assist in the diagnosis process. There should be evidence of decline over time (months rather than weeks) to make a diagnosis of dementia.
Contents of this mini book:
what is timely diagnosis
why get a diagnosis
what is the assessment process like
how to prepare for the assessment process
getting the most from appointments
diagnosis and people with learning disability
the dementia diagnosis pathway
discussing a diagnosis of dementia: saying the "D" word