Dementia has no age boundaries and is a chronic disease

The idea: Dementia is not restricted to the elderly. We can all encourage governments to increase research and care funding for dementia as a chronic disease.

My name is Oscar. I am my wife's care partner. We live in Australia. Carol was diagnosed at age 62. I worked for another year then realised retirement was the best option to be able to do my best for us and to seize every day. Carol is now 66 and still functioning quite well, praise God.

We are actively interacting with younger onset persons with dementia, especially to help them cope with the first year or two after the shock of diagnosis. We are in touch with persons with dementia in their 40's, 50's and 60's. We know of PWD's even younger but have not met them.

Helping them helps us. But what would be even more helpful is better public awareness that dementia is not a disease restricted to the elderly. However, it is a terminal disease and needs support equal to or greater than other chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, strokes. Research is expensive and needs government support so let your lawmakers hear you on this priority issue.

Look at this photo of my wife at 65 years and her mother at 88 years. Her mother has no signs of any significant dementia.

But if you saw this photo in an ad to raise awareness for dementia, you would automatically assume that Carol's mother was the one with dementia. 

 

Published on 27 February 2012
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