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Local Support Group for Young-onset Dementia

When a person develops dementia before the age of 65, this is known as young-onset dementia and currently over 70,800 people in the UK are living with this. Like all people with dementia, younger people may experience a wide range of symptoms, especially in the early stages of dementia. However, they are likely to need different support to older people.

Someone who is diagnosed under the age of 65 needs to adjust to living with a long-term condition as a younger person. They might be concerned about the effects this will have to their lives including family, relationships, finances, employment and hobbies.

Support groups within the community are vital in providing the help and support for living with this condition. It’s really important for younger people with dementia to have access to the right support, including services designed for them and meeting other people in a similar situation.

Colchester has a young-onset dementia peer support group who meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month to allow people to find support they need and share their experiences with one another. More information on this can be found on the poster below.

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