Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Younger Onset Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms of a group of diseases which cause a progressive decline in a person’s cognition and their ability to function. Symptoms may include changes in memory, orientation, behavior, emotions and thinking. The exact symptoms experienced by a person with dementia depend on the area of the brain that is damaged by the disease causing the dementia. Younger onset dementia occurs before the age of 65.

Some of the most common forms of dementia include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease- a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, often beginning with memory loss. Two thirds of all dementia diagnosis is related to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Vascular dementia- caused by damage to the blood vessels in the brain usually from either a single stoke or several mini-strokes.
  • Lewy body disease- characterised by the presence of Lewy bodies in the brain. Lewy bodies are abnormal clumps of protein alpha-synuclein that develop inside nerve cells causing changes in movement, thinking and behaviour e.g. people with Parkinson’s disease can also have Lewy body disease.
  • Frontotemporal dementia- involves progressive damage to the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. This form of dementia can present as personality and behavioural changes, or as language impairment.

Dementia information and training resources

Alzheimer’s Australia is developing Younger Onset Dementia e-learning training resources for front line staff working with people with dementia. These resources will be available in early 2016.

How to find services

You can find services by contacting our Information, Referral and Intake Service in your district who can advise on services in your local area

For more information

For further information about services for people with younger onset dementia please contact FACS at your local district.

Useful Resources

National Dementia Helpline
Call: 1800 100 500

Dementia Advisory Services
Dementia Advisory Services in funded by FACS.
The role of the service is to:
• promote local awareness of dementia
• provide information, education and support
• link people to assessment and support services

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