Recent studies have shown that dementia is a health condition that many people are scared of developing. As a result of these fears, many people put off seeking medical advice for dementia-like symptoms for a considerable amount of time.

An early diagnosis is important for many reasons:

The cause of the person's dementia-like symptoms, may be a treatable and unrelated medical condition such as low b12 levels.

There is time for the most appropriate care and advice to be provided.

The earlier a diagnosis is made, the more effective a treatment can be, because the brain 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 family, these plans can include making arrangements for a lasting power of attorney or other such decisions that may not be possible once dementia has progressed.

Evidence suggest earlier diagnosis enables people with dementia to live for longer in their own homes. 

Finally, an early dementia diagnosis is also important for research and understanding more about the causes of dementia in the early stages of the disease.