Younger onset dementia

The term "younger onset dementia" is usually used to describe any form of dementia diagnosed in people under the age of 65. This section emphasises the importance of a correct diagnosis and some aspects of caring for someone with younger onset dementia.  

1. Younger Onset Dementia

This Help Sheet discusses younger onset dementia, sometimes called early onset dementia. It emphasises the importance of a correct diagnosis and some aspects of caring for someone with younger onset dementia.

Download a copy of Help Sheet - 1. Younger Onset Dementia - An Overview

Planning Ahead – Decision Making Capacity and the Law

(available early 2014)

Attention and Memory

(available early 2014)

4. Language and Communication

This Help Sheet discusses aspects of language that may be challenging for people with younger onset dementia. It provides strategies for families and carers that may help to improve and encourage communication despite these difficulties.

Download a copy of Help Sheet - 4. Language and Communication 

5. Addressing Challenges

This Help Sheet provides strategies to help deal with some of the everyday challenges that people with younger onset dementia face. It suggests strategies that may help individuals with younger onset dementia to overcome barriers and remain engaged in their family and community life.

Download a copy of Help Sheet - 5. Addressing Challenges

6. Employment

If a person with younger onset dementia is still employed, decisions will have to be made about eventual changes to their work life. This Help Sheet discusses decision making and advocacy for people with younger onset dementia who wish to continue working, and provides assistance to help plan ahead.

Download a copy of Help Sheet - 6. Employment

7. Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle

This Help Sheet discusses health and lifestyle choices for people with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia and their families and carers.

Download a copy of Help Sheet - 7. Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle

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