What is YOD?

Dementia is used to describe a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with everyday tasks such as memory, language and problem solving. There are currently over 42,000 people in the UK living with young onset dementia. Each individual will have a unique experience whilst the progression of their condition will vary.

Dementia is considered as ‘young onset’ when the diagnosis of it is before the age of 65 and can also be known as ‘working age’ or ‘early onset’ dementia. Sometimes the symptoms of young onset dementia can be missed or put down to other mental health problems such as depression or stress, delaying a formal diagnosis. Whilst any diagnosis can be life changing for an individual, the Salford young onset dementia project has identified a number of ways which people living with young onset dementia and their care partners can use to help them live well.