Dementia at younger age a difficult diagnosis

Experts told the annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) last week that diagnostic delays were common because dementia in people under the age of 65 years had more causes, including rare neurological and genetic disorders.

“In younger people there are around 100 causes of dementia but in older people there are only three or four,” Professor Brian Draper, a professor of psychogeriatrics at the University of New South Wales, said. 

Young onset dementia was seen relatively