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Early-onset dementia training aims to help care workers

Although more than 40,000 people in the UK have early-onset dementia, awareness is limited, even within the care profession. Individuals who develop dementia relatively young often find it difficult to obtain a diagnosis and then have to face the interruption of mid-life plans, loss of earnings, lack of age-appropriate daycare facilities or residential homes, as well as the impact on spousal relationships and stigma. No one expects a fit middle-aged man to have dementia.

But a project designed to teach care workers how best to support families affected by early-onset dementia hopes to change that. Run by Dementia Pathfinders, the Department of Health-funded project, called Approaching an Unthinkable Future, was launched 18 months ago with members of St George’s hospital’s young-onset support group in south London.

Read more on the Guardian website.