Dementia isn’t a normal part of ageing, and getting a diagnosis as early as possible can slow it down and help you live an active and independent life for longer.
If you are worried about your memory, you should see your GP right away.
Other symptoms of dementia could be problems with:
- Thinking and making decisions
- Your mood
- Finding the right words
- Movement and everyday tasks
Download our leaflet on the benefits of getting a dementia diagnosis
Carole, a west Norfolk resident, has been diagnosed with dementia recently. Carole and her husband Ken and her daughter Denise, share their story:
In this video, a clinical psychologist and a mental health nurse talk about getting a dementia diagnosis from the professionals' perspective. They explain what you can expect when you go to see your GP, and how it will benefit you:
Or this video from Alzheimer’s Society is a quick explanation of what dementia is
If you have dementia, or someone you support has, you can get help and advice from:
- Alzheimer’s Society – or call their Norfolk helpline 01603 763 556
- Lily – or call 01553 616200 option 6
- Dementia UK
- Age UK
Norfolk County Council have produced Dementia Friendly Norfolk – a practical guide to living with dementia in Norfolk.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with dementia, or someone you support has, you can sign up to receive six weekly emails from the NHS. Each email will cover a need-to-know topic.