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I feel like a broken toy, and I think differently than I did before.  I use denial of some difficulties to make it through my days.  I hope some day to accept my difficulties and keep my dignity”.

Journal Entry by Rick Moisan (age 52), August 2002, living with dementia. Read more
 
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Young Dementia is dedicated to exploring and supporting the unique needs of individuals living with early-onset dementia or “young dementia”.  While dementia symptoms are similar at any age, the differences between younger people (under age 65, for example) and the more typical older age for dementia can be significant:
  • Active employment at the time of dementia vs. retirement (more...)
     
  • Caring for young children in the home vs. relationship with adult children (more...)
     
  • Navigating the health care system for appropriate treatment vs. geriatric care (more...)
     
  • Significant/growing financial responsibilities vs. more stable financial responsibilities (more...)
     
  • Spouse/partner who is working vs. spouse/partner who may be able to provide full-time care  (more...)


    Read more about these differences

Learn more about conditions and diseases that result in
Young Onset Dementia:

Frontotemporal Dementias
The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias

Lewy Body Dementia
Lewy Body Dementia Assoc.

Vascular Dementia
Alzheimer's Association

Other specific diagonoses: Huntington's Disease, ALS, Atypical Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, CADASIL

 

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Mary Anne’s Story – A “Young Caregiver’s” Perspective

We knew Rick had CADASIL (a degenerative vascular disease that causes small strokes in the brain resulting in dementia), so it was not a total shock when he got lost driving home from the grocery store. Though I have to admit, calling the police and explaining that you’re worried about your husband who has dementia is not the conversation I ever thought I would be having at age 40. Reality was sinking in. To read more, click here…


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This project was supported, in part, by a grant, number 90AZ2359, from the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, and by the Office of Elder Services, DHHS, State of Maine. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration on Aging or State of Maine policy.