What is Dementia?
• A group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social
abilities that interfere with daily functioning
• Affects people’s ability to function at work, in social
relationships and in their daily activities
• There are different causes: Alzheimer’s disease is the
most common cause. There are currently half a million
Canadians that have Alzheimer’s disease or a related
dementia and 14% of those are under the age of 65
What is Early-Onset Dementia?
• Early-onset dementia (EOD) is a term used for people
who develop dementia under the age of 65
• In the early-onset group, the most common diagnosis
is Alzheimer’s disease and the second most common is
frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
• These dementias have been known to develop between
ages 30 and 40, but this is uncommon. It is usually an
adult in their 50s who develops an EOD
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