Many people assume that Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia only affect older people. In fact, about 1 person in every 1000 below the age of 65 develops dementia. While rare, it can even affect people in their 40's . Any dementia beginning before the age of 65 is known as early onset dementia.

Each person's experience of dementia is unique. Although the symptoms of dementia are similar whatever a person's age, younger people with dementia have different needs. They may:

  • Be in work at the time of diagnosis
  • Have dependent children still living at home
  • Have financial commitments
  • Be physically fit and behave in ways that other people find challenging
  • Be more aware of their disease in the early stages
  • Find it hard to accept and cope with losing skills at such a young age
  • Find it difficult to access information, support and services for younger people with dementia
Useful Links:  Alzheimer's Society
 Herefordshire Alzheimer's Society  Alzheimer's Society Herefordshire Local Service Office  Are based in Oxfordshire and provide inspirational services to people with early onset dementia
 The Milk's In The Oven Explains how people with dementia might behave and feel, and provides young people with information about the illness and how to cope if someone they know has dementia.  Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
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