Get a diagnosis If you are worried about your or your loved one's memory, make an appointment with: your or their doctor: find your local GP a healthcare professional the Memory Assessment Service, available at various locations across Essex the Dementia Intensive Support Team (DIST) available to residents in Colchester and Tendring You could suggest that you go along with them. How to talk about difficult subjects Raising the issue of memory loss - and possibly dementia - can be difficult. These guides may help: NHS advice on how to talk about it Alzheimer's Society advice on conversations about dementia Referral to a memory assessment service Your GP may refer you or your loved one to a memory assessment service, or a 'memory clinic'. There they will provide an assessment of your situation, diagnose your condition, and can link you into a wide range of support services. Visit the Memory Assessment Service for details of your local memory service. Support after a diagnosis Getting a diagnosis gives you and your family the best chance to prepare and plan for the future, to help understand your condition and help you and your family live well. There is no clinical cure for dementia, but some symptoms can be treated, and there is support available to help. The NHS gives more details on medicines and treatments and how to live well with dementia. The NHS has a guide to support you and your family after a dementia diagnosis.