Younger people with dementia
The symptoms of dementia may be similar regardless of a person's age, but younger people may have different needs and require some different support.In general, younger people with dementia are more likely to:
- be in work at the time of diagnosis
- have a partner who still works
- have dependent children
- have ageing parents who they need to care for
- be more physically fit and active
- have heavy financial commitments, such as a mortgage
- have a rarer form of dementia
- have an inherited form of dementia.
The information in these pages is designed for younger people with dementia, their families and their carers. A good first point of reference is our factsheet What is young-onset dementia?, and there are more links to further information and resources below.
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- What is young-onset dementia? factsheet
Information about the types of dementia that can occur in younger people, diagnosis, specialist services and support.
- Explaining dementia to children and young people
This factsheet explains how children and young people can be affected when someone close to them has dementia, and suggest how parents can talk to their children about it.
- Talking Point, online forum - Younger people with dementia
Our online forum, Talking Point has an area specifically for younger people with dementia.
- The dementia guide
This comprehensive guide for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia contains information about driving, working and services for younger people.