Younger Onset Dementia
Dementia occurring in younger people is much less common. When dementia symptoms occur in people in their 30s, 40s or 50s, we refer to them as having Younger Onset Dementia or Early-Onset Dementia. Since the occurrence is rarer, it can be surprising and lead to difficulty diagnosing. Younger Onset Dementia is typically associated with a familial link (a genetic link). The needs of a person with Younger Onset Dementia can be very different from other types of dementia because the person affected by the disease may be actively working and providing financially for the family, actively raising a family and be otherwise healthy and strong.
The vast majority of research done on Younger Onset Dementia focusses on Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Early-Onset Frontotemporal Dementia. Studies have shown that Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease seems to progress faster than Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease whereas it does not seem to be the case for Frontotemporal Dementia.