Welcome to the Alzheimer's Australia Younger Onset Dementia Forum
This forum provides a place where younger people with dementia, their families, carers and friends can gather and share information. It provides a place to share your stories, connect with others in a similar situation, ask questions and share information. To join the forum, click on the “join” button to the right of the screen.
What is younger onset dementia?
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause progressive decline in a person's mental functioning. It is a broad term which describes the possible loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions. The term younger onset dementia is used to describe any form of dementia that develops in people under the age of 65. Dementia has been diagnosed in people in their 50s, 40s and even in their 30s. Dementia in younger people is much less common than dementia occurring after the age of 65. For this reason it can be difficult and sometimes a lengthy process to diagnose, however the latest prevalence figures show that younger onset dementia affects approximately 24,000 Australians.
Younger Onset Dementia: A New Horizon
Consumers and service providers coming together to create solutions for improved access and choice.
Following our very successful Younger Onset Dementia: A New Horizon National Summit held on Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th March, 2013, Alzheimers Australia, with the help and input of a number of people living with younger onset dementia and their carers, have released a report, documenting the unique challenges faced by people living with younger onset dementia and recommendations for action to address these challenges.
To read the report please follow this link http://www.fightdementia.org.au/younger-onset-dementia-a-new-horizon---national-summit.aspx
A new forum thread has been created for comment and discussion about this report, please feel free to post your views.