If you or someone you know is worried about becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if they’re older than 65, it can be sensible to take a screening test for dementia. It is difficult to test yourself so perhaps ask a friend or family member to help.
- GPCOG: An online 5 part test that takes 4 minutes to do. It is widely used by GPs in the UK to screen for dementia. If the score is borderline there is a second part for a family member to complete.
If your score is significant or there is any doubt please see your doctor. The next step involves some blood tests and discussion about a referral to the local memory clinic.
There is currently no treatment that can slow the progression of dementia however some medications have been shown to improve peoples cognitive function. The most beneficial aspect however is the education and support that comes with being diagnosed.
For further information there is a National Dementia helpline: 0300 222 11 22
The Alzheimer’s Society website is also very good.
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