Younger people in dementia care: a review of service needs, service provision and models of good practice

Aging Ment Health. 2002 Aug;6(3):205-12. doi: 10.1080/13607860220142396.


This paper reviews the literature on younger people (under 65 years of age) with dementia, in dementia care. Seventy-four relevant papers were identified by use of a search strategy derived from the methodology of systematic reviews, the majority of which originated in the UK (69, 93.2%). The need for specialist, flexible, age-appropriate, and dedicated services was a central theme in the literature. A person-centred approach was advocated within an individual or 'tailor made' model of care. However, the available evidence suggests that this model of good practice is not currently reflected in the majority of services provided in the United Kingdom. Overall, the literature argues that the needs of younger people with dementia are best served by inter-agency collaboration, early assessment, and an awareness of individual needs. Clearly, these proposals could usefully serve anybody with dementia, irrespective of age. However, aside from a few prevalence studies, and some exploratory work with small numbers of service users, little in the way of empirical work is available. The recommendations that have been made regarding dementia services for younger people are based largely on the practical experience of professionals and paid carers, rather than scientific evidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Benchmarking / trends*
  • Dementia / epidemiology
  • Dementia / etiology
  • Dementia / rehabilitation*
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team / trends
  • State Medicine / trends*
  • United Kingdom