Blood tests may be done to check if the symptoms are being caused by another condition. If other causes can be ruled out, the GP will usually refer your friend or relative to a memory clinic, or other specialist service, where they may have more assessments to confirm whether they have dementia. about how dementia is diagnosed.
When you do talk to them, choose a place that is familiar and not threatening. Also, allow plenty of time so the conversation is not rushed. The Alzheimer's Society has more tips on how to talk to someone about memory problems.
If the person does not want to see a GP, many UK dementia charities offer support and advice from specialist nurses or advisers, such as: Alzheimer's Society's national helpline: or : helpline alzheimers. The day before, I had been covering anti-lockdown protests in central London.
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Sebastian's mum, Kate Shemirani, was one of the headline speakers. A week later, the weather had turned.
Drenched from a torrential downpour, I found myself sitting in a dimly-lit London basement opposite Sebastian. He's a year-old university student studying philosophy and politics. He seemed nervous - but determined.
He told me he felt a duty to speak out, for the sake of public health, and for others whose loved ones may tp going down a similar path. Over the course of three hours he detailed how his mum had gained a huge online following by spreading falsehoods about the pandemic.
She's denied that coronavirus exists, alleges that the government is planning a mass genocide, and has compared the National Health Service to Nazi Germany. Her views - broadcast sokeone tens of thousands of online followers and often repeated by even larger s - threaten to undermine critical public health messages.
But for Sebastian, it was also an intensely personal story. Conspiracy theories were his childhood lullabies.
Starting from when he was about 10 or 11, he says, he was shown YouTube videos about secret plots and given books about "lizard people". The time away from his family resulted in him challenging his mum's baseless claims.