An early warning

While dementia is commonly perceived as a condition of the elderly, increasingly it is being diagnosed in people under 65

Younger onset dementia is pragmatically defined by the onset of symptoms before the age of 65.


Based on anecdotal reports, there appears to have been a recent increase in the number of younger people diagnosed with the condition.

In Australia, there is a lack of published data on the prevalence of dementia within younger age groups, and all Australian estimates are currently based on UK research.1,2

This research found that more than 70% of people with younger onset dementia first experienced symptoms in their 50s or 60s. In rare