Younger Onset Dementia Raising Concerns
Younger onset dementia is any illness that causes significant cognitive decline before age 65. Statistics show that globally about 1 in 1-thousand adults suffer from dementia at a younger age, but, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is seeing about 1 in 750 of its citizens. Much like the United States, they currently have an increased number of people between age 48 and 66 in the so-called “baby boomer” generation and that is being attributed to the upswing in young dementia cases.
They are currently studying this increase and I believe similar research, if not already underway, should be conducted in the US. The primary concern is that with an increase in diagnoses, there will be an increase in the need for treatment options. Currently, most dementia services are aimed at working with older people.