What happens if you or your loved one is diagnosed with early-onset dementia? This typically means that the patient was diagnosed before the age of 65. Unfortunately, there are not very many resources for those who have early-onset dementia, but there are a few things that a caregiver can do:
- Look for a senior day center. The staff will be well trained in dementia care and they’ll know the right ways to interact with your loved one;
- Have your early-onset diagnosed loved one volunteer in a senior day center like the type I mentioned above. This will ensure that they are in a safe environment while also giving them a sense of confidence; and
- Talk to local nursing facilities. Some facilities have day care or memory units that may fit your loved one’s needs.
Resources like these have become more and more common in recent years. Even if you don’t have a senior day center in your area, don’t worry. There is plenty you can do.
-Anthony B. Ferraro