It can be difficult to start a conversation with someone if you are concerned that they may be showing signs of dementia or a memory condition.
But those who get help earlier have a better quality of life for longer, so it's important that they go to their GP at the earliest sign of any problems.
Here are some things to think about to help you plan a conversation about memory concerns:
Time and place - Choose a familiar and comfortable environment. Make sure you have enough time to talk so the conversation isn't rushed and you can plan your next steps together.
Put yourself in their shoes - Think about what might be stopping them going to the doctor and what you can say to reassure them. Have they noticed the symptoms?
Use examples - Explain your concerns using examples, but be careful not to create a sense of blame. For instance "I've noticed you sometimes find it more difficult to make a cup of tea these days". Our list of symptoms might help you think of some examples.
Support - Think of ways you can offer your support like going to the GP with them. Let them know that there is practical, medical and financial support available.
Struggling to get through to someone who you think may have dementia? Alzheimer's Society has more tips which might help.
You could speak to your GP who may be able to arrange a home visit or invite them for a general health check.
Also, Alzheimer's Society offer advice from specially trained advisors on their helpline on 0300 222 1122. It might be appropriate to arrange an appointment for a Dementia Advisor to help you speak to the person who you are concerned about.
Find out what support is available for someone who is caring for a person with dementia.