There are benefits to an early and specific diagnosis, and there are supports available.
We need to ensure that individuals are aware of all of the changes that dementia can cause so that early diagnosis can be possible. Not only can early diagnosis help identify whether a treatable condition is causing symptoms, it can also help to:
- Validate the symptoms being experienced and help individuals and their care partners understand why changes are occurring;
- Connect individuals and their care partners to information about the type of dementia that is being experienced in order to prepare for the future;
- Make it possible to access treatments, resources, and supports that may be available; and
- Assist family and friends in understanding how to support the individual with dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan’s Getting a Diagnosis Toolkit can help you prepare to start a conversation with your doctor or health provider about warning signs you are concerned about and any questions you have about a possible dementia diagnosis.
Steps to use the Getting a Diagnosis Toolkit:
2) Complete the simple questions and checklists included in the Toolkit. Space is included to list any questions you may have in advance, helping you to gather and compile the information you wish to discuss in one place.
3) Bring the completed Toolkit to your appointment to start a discussion with your healthcare professional. Empower yourself and others to live well by learning more about the ABC’s of Dementia today and connecting to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan provides information, support, and services for people affected by dementia.