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Younger People with Dementia: A Multidisciplinary Approach

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1292
  1. Lawrence J Whalley (, professor of mental health
  1. University of Aberdeen

    Early onset dementia destroys the mind, often at the peak of its powers. Families are devastated, and children feel cheated by an affected parent's loss of identity. In the face of what appears to be–paradoxically–good bodily health, a lifetime's accumulated experiences, knowledge, and sensible judgment are no longer accessible. Family and friends can see that expert assessment is essential but occasionally lacking. In the United Kingdom about 20 000 middle aged people with this disorder need investigation and support. Their needs are not always met. Families sometimes say that a healthcare system …

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