A Layperson’s Guide to Early-Onset Dementias

18 Jan

A very helpful summary of the early-onset dementias.

Going Gentle Into That Good Night

There are several types of common early-onset dementias. Early-onset dementias are categorized as dementias where the onset of symptoms is prior to age 65. These dementias can occur as early as the 30’s, but more typically become symptomatic in the 40’s and 50’s.

Early-onset dementias, unfortunately, are still off the main grid for medical staff – a classic instance of fixed expectations that dementias won’t be an issue for a person until after age 65 – and our loved who are diagnosed with early-on dementias face challenges that our older loved ones who are suffering with these diseases don’t face. These include:

  • Difficulty getting a correct diagnosis
  • Loss of employment and income
  • Difficulty getting Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, and other employment-related disability insurance
  • Loss of health insurance and high-out-of-pocket costs for medical care
  • High out-of-pocket costs for long-term care
  • Lack of appropriate medical care, residential care, and community services…

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One Response to “A Layperson’s Guide to Early-Onset Dementias”

  1. Going Gentle Into That Good Night January 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Thank you for the reblog of my blog post!

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