Is a diagnosis of any use?
Soroti originally posted: My husband had a stroke ten years ago, which left him with memory loss, Aphasia and some confusion. These symptoms are gradually getting worse and I realise he has vascular dementia. Would there be any purpose in getting a proper diagnosis? I have not mentioned the word dementia to him and I am not sure how he would take it, although he would immediately forget it of course. Would a diagnosis help in any way at all do you think?
Hello Ann and welcome to the forum.
There are definitely benefits to obtaining a diagnosis. It would enable your husband to access specialist support and, just as importantly, would enable you to obtain support too. There are many different types of dementia and a diagnosis can help understand the symptoms and also allow you to plan for the future.
Obtaining a diagnosis can often take a while but would start with a referral from your GP. You mention that your husband is forgetful but does he still have the capacity to make his own decisions? How would he feel if you made an appointment for him to see his GP to discuss a possible diagnosis? Would he be cooperative?
Many areas have specialist dementia nurses known as Admiral Nurses who can provide information and support. More information about Admiral Nurses can be obtained from the Dementia UK website www.dementia.uk.org
It would also be worth having a look at the Alzheimer's Society website which provides more detailed information about the process of obtaining a diagnosis. www.alzheimers.org.uk
Please give us a call on our Hub number - 0300 303 1555 or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have a chat about this with one of our staff. We can provide more information about the support available to you in your area.
It would be great to hear what other carers think and what their experience of obtaining a diagnosis has been.