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Service and support requirements of people with younger onset dementia and their families final report, August, 2012

18 Dec 2012
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In 2011, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (AlzNSW) was engaged by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to research the service and support requirements of people with younger onset dementia and their families in New South Wales. AlzNSW partnered with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) and UnitingCare Ageing to conduct the research. This report outlines the methods, findings and policy implications of the research. Dementia is a major cause of disability amongst older people and some younger people aged under 65 years, causing ‘progressive change and degeneration in cognitive mental functions, such as memory, language, rational thinking and social skills, as well as behaviour, emotion and personality’ (Mocellin, Scholes and Velakoulis, 2008:1). Younger onset dementia is defined as dementia which occurs before the age of 65 years and under 50 years for Aboriginal people.   *Other authors - Ariella Meltzer, Karen R Fisher, Denise Thompson and Robyn Faine

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