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Get a diagnosis
If you or your loved one's memory is getting worse, it does not necessarily mean they are developing dementia.
Read the Alzheimer's Society guide 'How can I tell if I have dementia' for more information.
However, 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 Essex Dementia and Frailty service, located at Chelmsford, Epping, and Harlow
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:
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 Dementia and Memory Assessment Services 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.
GOV.UK has a guide to support you and your family after a dementia diagnosis.Print this page