Overseas health insurance customers might want to talk to their GP about Alzheimer's symptoms.
According to recent comments from Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, diagnosing the condition sooner rather than later will help doctors to deliver the most suitable treatments and lifestyle changes to their patients.
She explained: "More than half of people with dementia don't have a diagnosis and you can't access any treatment or support unless you know that your problems stem from that disease."
The professor added, however, that "there is still a great deal that needs to be done" in terms of improving diagnosis procedures.
Earlier this year, research from Alzheimer's Research UK found that advances in positron emission tomography scanning could be used to help researchers identify people in the earliest stages of the mental illness.