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Dementia Australia has released two online resources developed with assistance from NSW FACS to improve support, care and knowledge of services available for people living with younger onset dementia. The resources will improve awareness around complex issues that follow a diagnosis for a young person, the impact it may have on their family and how to best support carers, while also encouraging health professionals to gain a better understanding of the specific needs for people living with younger onset dementia.

Younger onset dementia describes any form of dementia diagnosed in people under the age of 65. An estimated 26,443 Australians are currently living with younger onset dementia and this figure is predicted to increase to more than 42,000 by 2056.

‘Understanding Younger Onset Dementia’ is a free online training module for health professionals and support staff, available through the Centre for Dementia Learning website

‘Support Pathways for People with Younger Onset Dementia’ provides referral, service choices and options for families impacted by dementia. It is available for download on the Dementia Australia website

Dementia Australia also operates a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program to ensure the specific needs of people with younger onset dementia are met through the provision of information, support, counselling and advice, and works with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure clients are matched to services that meet their individual needs. For more information about the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit the Dementia Australia younger onset dementia website

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