Encouraging a diagnosis without a cure

My mum is finding day-to-day tasks more difficult and her memory is quite poor. I believe she has dementia but what’s the point of her going to her GP to confirm this if there is no cure?

Even though there is no cure, getting a diagnosis as soon as possible ensures that the appropriate advice, support, and treatment can be given to your Mum.

Also medication can be prescribed to help to manage her condition. For example, two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease can take medication to slow the condition down; and there is medication available for all types of dementia to help alleviate symptoms or slow the progression. A GP can also provide advice and information on support groups, lifestyle, health and social care support for your Mum. A diagnosis will also help you, your Mum and the rest of your family to put the necessary care plans and financial and legal documentation in place.

For many people, it can also be a relief to know what their condition is and it can help the whole family to better understand what it happening. A diagnosis encourages a family to increase their knowledge of dementia, which helps the person with dementia to stay well for longer and improves everyone’s quality of life.