Getting the information and support you need as early as possible helps you and your family understand the type of dementia you’ve been diagnosed with and how to manage the challenges it brings. But there are so many other reasons why you should see your doctor if you sense something is wrong:
- For some people, the earlier they’re given medication, the more effective treatment can be.
- Knowing what you're dealing with is empowering. It helps you make informed and important decisions about your future while you are in the early stages.
- The more informed you are, the easier it is for you and your family to take the steps that work best for your situation.
- Many other illnesses mimic the common symptoms of dementia. It is important to rule out other illnesses and get an accurate diagnosis.
- You can take advantage of the many programs and services of your local Alzheimer Society, including referrals to other helpful resources in your community. Through your local Alzheimer Society, you can also connect with others in similar situations and take part in opportunities to raise awareness or advocate for improved care and research.
For more details, download our printable “Benefits of early diagnosis” tip sheet.
Video: Linda Finkbeiner on how early diagnosis can help you to live well with dementia
Video: Jim Mann on the importance of early diagnosis
Learn more about the process of getting a diagnosis and see your doctor. To talk to someone at your local Alzheimer Society, go to Find help near you.