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What is younger onset dementia?

Younger onset dementia is a progressive illness that can affect your thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. As the disease progresses, you may lose the ability to make important decisions. That’s why Dementia Australia supports you to understand your diagnosis and put plans in place for the future.

What does this diagnosis mean for your life?

Having dementia can mark a new chapter of your life, but it does not have to define you.

While your younger onset dementia is out of your control, it can be helpful to focus on the things you can control. For example, your diagnosis could encourage you to finish work sooner and spend more quality time with your family. For some, it can teach you to appreciate the simple joys of life that are easy to take for granted.

Watch the following video to see unexpected positive experiences of Australians diagnosed with dementia. Or, read the video transcript.

How Dementia Australia can help you

Dementia Australia offers information and support services for people living with younger onset dementia, their family, friends and carers. We can also refer you to a large network of service providers across Australia.