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A diagnosis of younger onset dementia can be very isolating. You may have received a diagnosis, be someone who is caring for a family member, or you may have a mum or dad with younger onset dementia. You are not alone. The National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program provides individualised information and support to improve the quality of life for people with younger onset dementia and also see NSW - Younger Onset Dementia . For more information contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Needs in Early Onset Dementia: A Qualitative Case From the NeedYD Study

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias - November 2010, Vol 25, No.8

Objectives: The aim was to explore the experiences of a caregiver of a patient with early onset dementia (EOD) and the needs of patient and caregiver. Results: This study shows that a patient with EOD and the caregiver were confronted with specific issues during the care process, namely (1) prolonged time to diagnosis, (2) a lack of fit between needs and services, (3) the strain of dedication to care versus the caregiver’s own future perspective, (4) the need for response of health care services to changing individual preferences. Conclusion: This study illustrates specific issues related to early onset dementia that require specialized EOD care such as the differential and changing needs of patients and caregivers.
p. 634-640

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