Younger People with Dementia Introduction
Dementia is primarily a disease of old age. Older
people form the largest group of those diagnosed with dementia and there
will be many more undiagnosed with the condition. Younger people –
that is, under the age of retirement - are less likely to develop dementia.
But estimates suggest that there is still a significant number of diagnosed
and undiagnosed dementias amongst the under 65’s.
A recent report ‘Dementia 2010’ used data from 2006 to estimate the number of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed dementia in the UK. It suggested that there was a total of 64,037 (8% of the total) in the under 65 years of age group. Please click 'Report' to download the Report.
Whilst many of the issues faced when someone has
dementia are the same whatever the person's age, there are also additional
challenges that younger people with dementia may face. These issues have
been broken down into the areas shown in the Mind Map below.
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