My mum has dementia

Day 24: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 The article  ‘My mum has dementia’ by Annette Dasey was published on news.com.au on September 14, and I am highlighting it following the media release from yesterday about the impact of younger onset dementia on our children. Please follow the link and read the whole story.   IN 2012,…

Younger vs Older onset dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome, and is the gradual deterioration of functioning, such as thinking, concentration, memory, and judgment, which affects a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities. It is a terminal illness. There are approximately 100 types or causes of dementia; Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia, and is the most common type of…

YOD in the Netherlands, by Keith Oliver

Christian Bakker is the Program Manager, Florence Centre for Specialized Care in Young Onset Dementia and Healthcare psychologist, Department of Primary Care and Community Care, Centre for Family Medicine, Geriatric and Public Health, Radboud University Nijmegen. A few weeks ago I heard him speak about services developed in The Netherlands to support people living with Younger…

The need for change in dementia care and services

Today I presented at a forum, Younger Onset Dementia: A time for change, and my presentation was titled ‘The unique challenges of younger onset dementia’. Sometimes when I suggest things might need to change, there can be a backlash, but with the title of the forum being what it was, I decided I would be among friends and…

YOD and children

It was a tough day when I had to tell my school age children I had dementia, something we all thought was a ‘old persons’ disease. They were probably as confused as I was, but because I had been through a lot of other health issues, for them it was more of a roller coaster,…