The Early On-Set Diagnosis

Doreen is 49 and was diagnosed with dementia when she was 46 or 47.

Patty was diagnosed when she was 51.

Brian was diagnosed at 45.

Michael was diagnosed at 49.

Rebecca was 31 and pregnant.

Between 200,000 and 500,000 people in the US have been diagnosed with young on-set dementia.  That is between 5 and 10% of dementia diagnoses.  Getting a diagnosis of young on-set dementia is challenging because, despite its prevalence, it is attributed to other causes such as stress or depression or clinicians are reluctant to give the dementia diagnosis because of a mistaken belief that it is a disease of just the elderly.

Fortunately, there are individuals like Cindy, diagnosed at 52, who show that life can still be full and active even with this diagnosis.  Given yesterday's bowling scores, I think Lyn is working hard to maintain an active life.


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