The dementia Australia NSW blog *Younger Onset Dementia and ME*

*The dementia Australia NSW blog *Younger Onset Dementia and ME* is a place for people to connect with others, to get information and helpful suggestions.

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.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

new DVD Max: A younger person's journey with dementia

Max Sims was 54 years old when he was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In this short film Max and his wife Sandra talk honestly and openly about the imapct the disease has had on their lives, their experiences, and how they have coped with the journey so far.

The views expressed in this film are those of the participants and do not necessarily represent the views of Alzheimer's Australia WA Ltd.

Chapter 1: The impact of a diagnosis of dementia. Max and Sandra discuss the time when they realised something wasn't quite right and the experience of gettinga diagnosis, the impact on Max's work and response of friends. (9 mins)

Chapter 2. Ethical issues. Max talks about he sees the future. He talks honestly about his views on euthanasia which some may find upsetting. (4 mins)

Chapter 3. Services - Assessment. Respite Coordinator Yasmin Taylor discusses her experiences in assessing for services for younger people and the unique differences between her older client group and younger people with dementia. (10 mins)

Chapter 4. Services - Age appropriate. Max and Sandra talk about the need for age appropriate services and Max recalls his experience of residential respite care. (8 mins)
* this DVD may be borrowed from the ALZ NSW Library