Obviously, symptoms of dementia can unfold over the course of many years. Sometimes, people go undiagnosed for inordinate amounts of time.
Usually, this is because there’s no one to care or notice. Sometimes, people go undiagnosed because family member enables them to go about without consulting a doctor. This means performing a caregiver’s duty and actively discouraging traditional medical care.
Often a patient won’t even notice their mind failing them. Some professions and occupations seem to encourage a self-diagnosis.
Early diagnosis and treatment can yield positive results over time. The general practitioner can usually administer some preliminary examinations to determine a possible case of dementia.
Visit your doctor if you are concerned that you or a loved one is developing dementia.
This is usually in the form of questions but blood exams can be taken if the GP is concerned about infection, etc.
Referral to a specialist is usually the next step for patients who are possibly developing dementia. This doctor will confirm the diagnosis.
They may or may not request MRI scans and other investigations. This person usually specialized in the care of the elderly. Find out more on care.