If you suspect your loved one has dementia, diagnosis and treatment are important.
Visiting a family doctor is often the first step for people who are experiencing changes in thinking, movement, or behaviour. Let them know that you have concerns about your memory or of any cognitive symptoms.
There are generally 3 groups of specialists that they may refer you to for a diagnosis:
Contact A Memory Clinic
Geriatric Medicine Clinic [basement 1]
11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308433
Tel: 6359 6100
Fax: 6359 6101
10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747
Tel: 6389 2200
Fax: 6385 1075
5b Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119074
Tel: 6779 5555
Fax: 6779 5678
2 Simei Street 3 Singapore 529889
Tel: 6850 3510
Fax: 6787 2141
Department of Neurology
Outram Road Singapore 169036
Tel: 6321 4377
Fax: 6220 3321
Neuroscience Clinic, Level 1
National Neuroscience Institute
Tel: (65) 6357 7095
Fax: (65) 6357 7103
1 Jurong East Street 21 Singapore 609606
Tel: 6716 2000 (24 hours)
Tel: 6716 2222 (appointment)
GPs and Polyclinics
Approaching local General practitioners (GPs) and Polyclinics who are certified to support and provide mental health assessments and diagnosis.
Call These Helplines
Dementia Helpline by Alzheimer's Disease Association: 6377 0700
AIC Hotline: 1800 650 6060
HealthLine by Health Promotion Board (HPB): 1800-223-1313
If you suspect your loved one may have dementia, or is displaying the described signs and symptoms, you should get them diagnosed and treated.
However, starting a conversation with someone on the issue of memory loss and possibly dementia may require sensitive consideration. Often, someone experiencing the signs and symptoms of dementia may feel worried, helpless or in denial.
To encourage someone to talk when you are worried about how their memory loss has affected them, you can:
You do not need to get the person to agree to visit a doctor for a diagnosis in just one session. This is a difficult development to process, so it may take some time for the person to accept it.
Here are some questions that you may use to start the conversation:
Being diagnosed with dementia may come as a surprise to someone at first. However, with a clear diagnosis, persons living with dementia can get the information and support needed to manage the symptoms.
Although there is currently no cure for dementia, early treatment and management makes it possible to slow down the rate of deterioration.
Depending on your loved one’ss comfort level, sharing concerns with family members early in the conversation can:
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