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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

new booklet - Tears and laughter of dementia and alzheimer's : the Christine Karanges story

her book is  available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Christine Karanges Story


Christine has been living with mental illness for over 20 years. Her journey has been a rollercoaster, and sadly saw her lose custody temporarily of her four children.
Regaining her health and custody of her children should have been a happy time for Christine. But sadly, she was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia and had to be cared for in an aged care nursing home.
This was a difficult transition for Christine, as she was the youngest resident in the facility where many patients faced vastly different health concerns than her. As the nursing home was focused on aged care and offered no mental health supports, she said she felt lost and cut off from any dementia or community mental health support services, and the services she did come into contact with did not believe her story. During this time, Christine’s mental health deteriorated and she attempted suicide.
Unable to access any support through the public health system, Christine then turned to the private health system for support on her journey. This is when she met Currumbin Clinic and Partners In Recovery
click here to listen to her story