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What is young onset dementia?

When dementia affects a person under the age of 65, the medical profession refers to it as ‘early or young onset dementia’.  

Young onset dementia affects adults between the ages of 30-64. It is estimated that there are 42,325 people in the UK living with young onset dementia (Dementia UK, 2nd edition 2014, Alzheimer’s Society). They represent around 5% of the 850,000 people with dementia. This figure could be higher because of the difficulties of diagnosing the condition.  

Pie chart breackdown of dementia: Alz 33%, Vasc 20%, FT 12%, Alc 10%, Other 20%

In Berkshire alone, there are an estimated 539 people living with young onset dementia.


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