Research highlighting Young Onset Dementia

Younger People with Dementia are incredibly proud to announce that Clinical Director, Dr Jacqui Hussey, has recently been published in the nationally circulated Journal of Dementia Care.

The publication is aimed at professionals working with or caring for people with dementia across the UK. The article highlights the disparity in diagnosis rates between Young Onset Dementia and post 65 dementia.

Unfortunately we are unable to share the full article, however, we can provide a flavour of it to our readers below:

Young onset dementia- the diagnosis gap Dr Reddy and Dr Hussey

The dementia diagnosis rates for people over the age of 65 is around 67%, but for younger people it is less than 40 %.  There are a number of reasons for this such as more complexity involved in making a diagnosis, lower referral rates and less clear referral pathways, but also a problem with how an actual diagnosis of young onset dementia is coded for. 

The authors argue that this is an unacceptable and issue a call for radical change. The article aims to raise awareness so that the same ambition for recording diagnoses in older people is achieved for younger people with dementia.

If you’d like to find out more about the Journal of Dementia Care you can visit their website:

https://www.journalofdementiacare.co.uk/