A proper medical assessment of someone who appears to be developing the symptoms of dementia is required because:
  • The cause of the person's problems may be treatable.
  •  It means that the most appropriate care and advice can be provided. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the more effective a treatment can be because the brain has is likely to have suffered less damage in the earlier stages of disease.
  • It allows access to support services geared to the person with dementia and their carers.
  • It allows those with dementia to make plans for the future, along with their families.