WHAT IS EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA
WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
Dementia is a syndrome of decline in memory and other cognitive abilities, such as language and judgment, that is severe enough to interfere significantly with work, usual social activities, and relationships with others.
Dementia can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular conditions (e.g., multi-infarct disease and stroke), frontotemporal conditions, Lewy body disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and other diseases and conditions-alz.org
Early onset dementia is a term used to describe people under the age of 65 who suffer from this awful disease. It is also called “Working-age dementia” and can even affect people in their 30’s and 40’s.That’s a scary thought isn’t it?
It’s been reported that a half of a million people suffer from Early-Onset Dementia in the U.S. alone!
In the year 2000 there were 480,000 Americans between the ages of of 55-64 that had a cognitive impairment of a level severe enough to be considered disabling.
Getting diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia is often hard because Dr.’s don’t usually suspect dementia in younger patients. Most people are still trying to work and this added problem makes their work environment difficult. Trying to get disability is a long process that can and most likely will financially ruin a family struggling to get by as it is. Most people with Early-onset Dementia are already in poor health.